Poll finds most Americans want immigration reform

Some may believe that the only people in support of immigration reform are those pursuing U.S. citizenship, but the massive backing behind the movement suggests that a large portion of this country wants real change when it comes to the state of immigration policy. Now, a poll conducted by YouGov provides proof that most Americans want reform.

According to the YouGov poll, which surveyed almost 800 likely voters, 81 percent of U.S. citizens want Congress to push forward with improvements to legislation around immigration that will lead to greater diversity and the reunification of families separated by borders. The poll also found that 44 percent of respondents believe immigration reform is a very pressing issue. People who were 65 or older were significantly more likely to say that passing reform is important, and 40 percent of Democrats also agreed with this statement. Perhaps more surprising is that an even greater amount – 53 percent – of Republicans responded that immigration reform is a priority.

While both parties seem to agree that immigration reform is important, there were differing opinions on what changes should be made. For instance, 63 percent of Democrats were in support of a path to American citizenship for those without documentation, while just 19 percent of Republicans supported that notion.