A recent poll conducted by CNN/ORC International found that there is a generational gap between U.S. citizens who favor the current immigration bill that is before the U.S. Senate and those who do not. According to CNN, the poll found that more than six in ten people surveyed are more concerned about border security than a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
The CNN/ORC International survey found that 52 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds believe creating a path to U.S. citizenship should be the main focus of the immigration bill, while only 25 percent of individuals 65 or older agree. Roughly 47 percent of the younger demographic is in favor of increased border security as the focus, while 73 percent of the older demographic believe it should have the largest emphasis.
“Support comes mostly from Democrats – six in ten favor the bill – with independents and Republicans split right down the middle,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “There is also a generation gap on this issue, with senior citizens opposed to the bill by a 17-point margin, while younger Americans tend to favor it.”
The poll found that there was little difference between men and women, with 35 and 37 percent, respectively, backing a path to citizenship. Similarly, men and women polled 63 and 62 percent, respectively, in favor of increased border security.
According to the publication, only four in ten said that President Barack Obama has done a good job on the issue, and those numbers have changed slightly since the president’s first year in the White House when CNN conducted a similar poll.
The CNN/ORC International survey was conducted June 11-13 and polled 1,014 adults nationwide via telephone. The sample included 710 interviewees who responded over landlines and 204 individuals who responded via cellphone.