The Pew Research Center investigated the attitudes of Americans regarding undocumented immigration. This move came particularly as the existence and fate of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in U.S. is again a major political focus in the run-up to the 2016 presidential race.
The survey, conducted in May, found 72 percent of Americans believe undocumented immigrants currently in the country should be able to stay here if they meet particular requirements.
Other major proposals regarding immigration, particularly from Republican candidates, have also been examined by Pew in years prior. This includes the notion that the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which grants all people born in the U.S. citizenship, should be altered. As of February 2011, 57 percent of Americans said the Constitution ought to stay just as it is.
As of October 11, 46 percent of Americans believed there should be a fence along the Mexican border, with Republicans far more likely to support this notion than people aligned with other parties.
The organization will continue to monitor public sentiment on these issues as the presidential race rages on.