March 13, 2013
3/13: Most Americans Perceive Immigration Policy as a Priority
McClatchy/Marist National Poll
Where should U.S. immigration policy fall on Washington lawmakers’ agenda? 83% of Americans believe the issue should be a priority. This includes 37% who want it to be an immediate priority, and 46% who believe it should be addressed in the next couple of years. 17%, however, don’t think immigration policy should be a priority. Similar proportions of registered voters share these views.
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When it comes to the specific changes to immigration policy, a majority of adults — 55% — think they should be mostly about protecting our borders. 41%, though, believe the focus should be on finding a pathway to citizenship for those who are already here. Four percent are unsure.
Registered voters reflect the views of Americans, overall. However, there is a partisan divide. While 75% of Republicans and a majority of independent voters — 56% — favor border control, 55% of Democrats think a pathway to citizenship should be at the heart of reform.
Table: U.S. Immigration Policy as a Priority
Table: Should Changes to U.S. Immigration Policy Focus on Protecting Borders or a Pathway to Citizenship?