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Immigration and Health Care

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Which of these two statements comes closer to your own views--even if neither is exactly right?...Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents. Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care.
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49     Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents
40     Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care
11     Neither (Vol.)/Don't know/Refused
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Council on Foreign Relations America's Place in the World Survey, [Oct, 2013]




From what you know about policies the Republican Party is pursuing in Washington, which of the following would you say is their highest priority?...Causing political problems for President (Barack) Obama, reducing government debt, creating more jobs, reducing health care costs, fixing the immigration system, reducing gun violence
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32     Causing political problems for President (Barack) Obama
20     Reducing government debt
14     Creating more jobs
13     Reducing health care costs
6     Fixing the immigration system
4     Reducing gun violence
4     Something else (Vol.)
8     Don't know/Refused
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Which of the following would you say is the Republican Party's second highest priority?...Reducing government jobs, creating more debt, reducing health care costs, fixing the immigration system, reducing gun violence, causing political problems for President (Barack) Obama
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22     Reducing government debt
19     Creating more jobs
15     Reducing health care costs
12     Fixing the immigration system
10     Reducing gun violence
10     Causing political problems for President (Barack) Obama
3     Something else (Vol.)
10     Don't know/Refused
Note: Asked of those who gave a first response (92%)
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Sep, 2013]



Immigration and Education

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How important is it that immigrants living in the United States learn to speak English--it is essential, it is important but not essential, it is not too important, or it is not at all important?
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2013]




(Next, I have some questions about immigrants who are now living in the US illegally. We will use the term 'undocumented immigrants' to refer to people in this situation.)...(As you may know, Congress is working on a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally if they meet certain requirements. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose each of the following requirements.) Would you favor or oppose...requiring undocumented immigrants to show they can speak and understand English before gaining legal status?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Jun, 2013]




Last year President (Barack) Obama announced a new Department of Homeland Security policy, often called 'deferred action', to stop the deportation of any undocumented immigrant youth who attends college or serves in the military and to provide them with a legal work permit that is renewable. Do you personally know anyone who applied for, or even anyone who is eligible to apply for this policy?
Latino Decisions Poll, [Feb, 2013]



Legal Immigration Levels

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In your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased or decreased?
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2013]




Should legal immigration into the United States be kept at its present level, increased or decreased?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [May, 2013]




Should legal immigration into the United States be kept at its present level, increased, or decreased?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Apr, 2013]



Terrorism, September 11 and Immigration

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(Now I'd like to get your reaction to some statements made by individual Republicans in Congress who oppose immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. For each one, please tell me if this gives you a more favorable, or less favorable opinion of the Republican Party as a whole?)...How many Americans died at the hands of those who did get across the Mexican border? And I can tell you that number is in multiples of the victims of September 11th (2001, the date of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon)...We have a slowmotion Holocaust on our hands....Is that much more/less or somewhat more/less?
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9     Much more favorable
8     Somewhat more favorable
4     Neutral (Vol.)
16     Somewhat less favorable
51     Much less favorable
10     Not sure
3     Refused
Latino Decisions/SEIU Survey, [Jul, 2013]




Do you think the immigration bill before Congress would make the country safer from terrorism, make the country less safe from terrorism, or not make much of a difference?
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14     Make the country safer from terrorism
13     Make the country less safe from terrorism
57     Not make much of a difference
16     Don't know/Refused
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Poll, [Apr, 2013]




Have the (April 15, 2013) Boston marathon bombings changed your opinion regarding whether there should be a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the United States?
Sample: National registered voters
Quinnipiac University Poll, [Apr, 2013]



Immigration and Work

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Which of these two statements comes closer to your own views--even if neither is exactly right?...Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents. Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care.
%
49     Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents
40     Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care
11     Neither (Vol.)/Don't know/Refused
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Council on Foreign Relations America's Place in the World Survey, [Oct, 2013]




From what you know about policies the Republican Party is pursuing in Washington, which of the following would you say is their highest priority?...Causing political problems for President (Barack) Obama, reducing government debt, creating more jobs, reducing health care costs, fixing the immigration system, reducing gun violence
%
32     Causing political problems for President (Barack) Obama
20     Reducing government debt
14     Creating more jobs
13     Reducing health care costs
6     Fixing the immigration system
4     Reducing gun violence
4     Something else (Vol.)
8     Don't know/Refused
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Which of the following would you say is the Republican Party's second highest priority?...Reducing government jobs, creating more debt, reducing health care costs, fixing the immigration system, reducing gun violence, causing political problems for President (Barack) Obama
%
22     Reducing government debt
19     Creating more jobs
15     Reducing health care costs
12     Fixing the immigration system
10     Reducing gun violence
10     Causing political problems for President (Barack) Obama
3     Something else (Vol.)
10     Don't know/Refused
Note: Asked of those who gave a first response (92%)
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Sep, 2013]



Immigration Policy and Mexico

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Overall, do you support or oppose a plan to increase US border security that includes adding 20,000 border agents and 700 miles of fence along the border with Mexico at a cost of $46 billion dollars? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
Public Religion Research Institute Religion & Politics Tracking Survey, [Aug, 2013]




As you may know, the US Senate recently voted to pass legislation reforming the immigration system. The bill would allow illegal immigrants already in the country to become citizens after 13 years if they pay a fine and learn English. The bill would also double the number of border patrol agents, and double the amount of fencing along the Mexican border. In general, do you support or oppose this bill?
Sample: National registered voters
Quinnipiac University Poll, [Jul, 2013]




As you may know, the US Senate recently voted to pass legislation reforming the immigration system. The bill would double the number of border patrol agents, double the amount of fencing along the Mexican border, and allow immigrants who came to the US illegally to becomes citizens after 13 years if they pay a fine and learn English. The House of Representatives is now considering what to do with this bill. Which describes what you would like the House to do--pass the Senate bill as is, make the provisions for border security tougher and then pass the bill, eliminate the provisions providing citizenship for illegal immigrants and then pass the bill, or not pass any immigration legislation?
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29     Pass the Senate bill as is
30     Make the provisions for border security tougher and then pass the bill
13     Eliminate the provisions providing citizenship for illegal immigrants and then pass the bill
20     Not pass any immigration legislation
9     Don't know/Refused
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Jul, 2013]



From the Archives


At the present time there is no foolproof way of determining if a person is legally or illegally in this country. Illegal aliens can get forged driver's licenses, Social Security cards, etc. It has been proposed that a national identity card be issued to every U.S. citizen at birth or on naturalization, as they do in Europe. You would have to show this card to an employer to get a job, or to a policeman on request, etc. Some people are in favor of a national identity card as a means of cutting down on illegal immigration. Others are opposed to it as being a violation of people's privacy and civil rights. How do you feel--would you like to see national identity cards issued to all citizens or not?
Roper Report 77-9, [Sep, 1977]




(Now I'd like to ask you a few questions about immigrants. Here are some groups which have recently been immigrating to this country. For each, please tell me if you feel that the government should encourage them to enter this country or discourage them from doing so.)...Vietnamese
Note: Blacks
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Feb, 1981]




Do you think the number of immigrants to America nowadays should be... increased a lot, increased a little, remain the same as it is, reduced a little, or reduced a lot?
General Social Survey 1996, [Feb, 1996]




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44%
answered The Republicans in Congress when asked "If Congress is unable to come to agreement on an immigration bill before the end of its current term who do you think will be most to blame--the Republicans in Congress, the Democrats in Congress, or President (Barack) Obama?"
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Jul, 2013]


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