In Depth: Topics A to Z

Immigration

Trend: Should Immigration Be Kept at Its Present Level, Increased, or Decreased?

Trend: Should Immigration Be Kept at Its Present Level, Increased, or Decreased?

Trend: Thinking now about immigrants -- that is, people who come from other countries to live here in the United States, in your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased, or decreased?

Trend: Next, I’m going to read a list of problems facing the country. For each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all? First, how much do you personally worry about illegal immigration?

Trend: Next, we’d like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are -- very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don’t have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about -- [The level of immigration into the country today]?

Trend: Next, we’d like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are -- very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don’t have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about -- [The level of immigration into the country today]?\n\n(Asked of those dissatisfied) Would you like to see the level of immigration in this country increased, decreased, or remain about the same?

Trend: On the whole, do you think immigration is a good thing or a bad thing for this country today?

Trend: Which comes closest to your view about what government policy should be toward illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States? Should the government -- [ROTATED: deport all illegal immigrants back to their home country, allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States in order to work, but only for a limited amount of time, or allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States and become U.S. citizens, but only if they meet certain requirements over a period of time]?

Thinking about how the immigration issue might affect your vote for major offices, would you -- [ROTATED: only vote for a candidate who shares your views on immigration (or) consider a candidate’s position on immigration as just one of many important factors (or) not see immigration as a major issue]?

Trend: Were you born in the United States or in another country?

Were either of your parents born in another country, or were both of your parents born in the United States?

Summary: National Origin, Trend

How closely are you following the news about executive actions President Obama plans to take dealing with certain categories of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not at all?

From what you know about them, do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of these executive actions President Obama plans to take?

Trend: If you had to choose, what should be the main focus of the U.S. government in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration -- [ROTATED: developing a plan for halting the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S., (or) developing a plan to deal with immigrants who are currently in the U.S illegally]?

How important is it to you that the government takes steps this year to deal with each of the following -- extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about -- controlling U.S. borders to halt the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.? Developing a plan to deal with the large number of illegal immigrants who are already living in the U.S.?

How important is it to you personally to have new laws dealing with immigration, including laws governing how immigrants can come into this country, and laws dealing with immigrants already in this country? Is it extremely important, very important, somewhat important, not too important or not important at all?

Would you favor or oppose each of the following as part of legislation to address the issue of illegal immigration? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Trend: In deciding whether people from other countries should be allowed to legally stay in the United States, should the government give higher priority to -- [ROTATED: people who are highly educated and highly skilled workers, (or) people who have family members already living in the United States]?

Just your opinion, which political party’s policies on immigration and immigration reform come closer to your own -- [the Democratic Party (or) the Republican Party]?

Trend: 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?

Next, I'm going to read a list of actions Congress could take this year. Please say whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose Congress doing each of the following this year. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Pass a bill to give some illegal immigrants living in the U.S. a path to legal status

Strongly
favor

Favor

Oppose

Strongly
oppose

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 14-16

13

30

25

30

2

Take steps to deny automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S. whose parents are illegal immigrants

Strongly
favor

Favor

Oppose

Strongly
oppose

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 14-16

22

22

26

28

3

Which comes closer to your point of view -- [ROTATED: illegal immigrants in the long run become productive citizens and pay their fair share of taxes, (or) illegal immigrants cost the taxpayers too much by using government services like public education and medical services?]

Pay fair share
of taxes

Cost taxpayers
too much

Neither/Both/
No opinion

%

%

%

Total

2010 Jun 11-13

32

62

7

2008 Jun 5-Jul 6

31

63

6

2006 Jun 8-25

29

66

4

Non-Hispanic whites

2008 Jun 5-Jul 6

25

71

5

2006 Jun 8-25

22

74

3

Blacks

2008 Jun 5-Jul 6

29

62

10

2006 Jun 8-25

37

56

6

Hispanics

2008 Jun 5-Jul 6

65

30

5

2006 Jun 8-25

65

31

3

Which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: illegal immigrants mostly take jobs that American workers want, (or) illegal immigrants mostly take low-paying jobs Americans don't want]?

Take jobs
American
workers want

Take low-paying
jobs Americans
don't want

Neither/Both/
No opinion

%

%

%

Total

2008 Jun 5-Jul 6

15

79

7

2006 Jun 8-25

17

74

10

Non-Hispanic whites

2008 Jun 5-Jul 6

16

79

6

2006 Jun 8-25

18

74

9

Blacks

2008 Jun 5-Jul 6

20

70

9

2006 Jun 8-25

24

67

10

Hispanics

2008 Jun 5-Jul 6

9

87

4

2006 Jun 8-25

13

81

7


(Asked of a half sample) In your view, what should be the higher priority in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration -- [ROTATED: developing a plan for halting the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S., (or) developing a plan to deal with illegal immigrants who are already in the U.S.], or should both be given the same priority?

Halting the
flow of
illegal
immigrants

Deal with
illegal
immigrants
already in U.S.

Both the
same priority

No
opinion

2007 Jul 6-8

20%

25

53

2

(Asked of a half sample) In terms of laws dealing with illegal immigration in the United States, which of the following would you prefer to see happen -- [ROTATED: enforce the current laws more strictly and NOT pass new laws (or) pass new laws in addition to enforcing the current laws more strictly]?

Enforce
current laws

Pass
new laws

No
opinion

2007 Jul 6-8

46%

50

4

(Asked of Republicans and independents who lean to the Republican Party) Has George W. Bush's recent handling of the immigration issue caused you to -- [ROTATED: gain confidence in Bush, has it not affected your opinion either way, or has it caused you to lose confidence in Bush]?

Gain
confidence

Not affected
opinion

Lose
confidence

No
opinion

2007 Jul 6-8

10%

51

39

--

For each of the following areas, please say whether immigrants to the United States are making the situation in the country better or worse, or not having much effect. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. The crime situation

Better

Worse

Not much
effect


No opinion

%

%

%

%

Total

2007 Jun 4-24

4

58

34

4

2004 Jun 9-30

6

47

43

4

2002 Jun 3-9

8

50

37

5

2001 Jun 11-17

7

50

38

5

Non-Hispanic whites

2007 Jun 4-24

2

63

31

4

2004 Jun 9-30

4

49

45

2

2002 Jun 3-6

6

52

37

5

2001 Jun 11-17

5

54

37

4

Blacks

2007 Jun 4-24

3

52

40

5

2004 Jun 9-30

5

44

45

6

2002 Jun 3-9

9

49

37

5

2001 Jun 11-17

9

44

41

6

Hispanics

2007 Jun 4-24

11

41

41

7

2004 Jun 9-30

12

44

36

8

2002 Jun 3-9

18

41

34

7

2001 Jun 11-17

12

47

33

8

B. Job opportunities for you and your family

Better

Worse

Not much
effect

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

Total

2007 Jun 4-24

12

34

52

2

2004 Jun 9-30

11

37

51

1

2002 Jun 3-9

14

37

46

3

2001 Jun 11-17

15

31

50

4

Non-Hispanic whites

2007 Jun 4-24

7

34

57

2

2004 Jun 9-30

6

38

55

1

2002 Jun 3-6

10

37

50

3

2001 Jun 11-17

12

32

53

3

Blacks

2007 Jun 4-24

11

49

37

3

2004 Jun 9-30

9

49

39

3

2002 Jun 3-9

14

48

36

2

2001 Jun 11-17

20

38

41

1

Hispanics

2007 Jun 4-24

37

21

39

3

2004 Jun 9-30

34

28

36

2

2002 Jun 3-9

39

25

33

3

2001 Jun 11-17

42

18

37

3

C. Food, music, and the arts

Better

Worse

Not much
effect

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

Total

2007 Jun 4-24

40

9

46

4

2004 Jun 9-30

44

10

42

4

2002 Jun 3-9

54

10

31

5

2001 Jun 11-17

58

8

29

5

Non-Hispanic whites

2007 Jun 4-24

37

8

51

5

2004 Jun 9-30

42

11

43

4

2002 Jun 3-6

53

10

32

5

2001 Jun 11-17

59

8

28

5

Blacks

2007 Jun 4-24

34

14

46

6

2004 Jun 9-30

29

12

56

3

2002 Jun 3-9

47

11

37

5

2001 Jun 11-17

54

10

33

3

Hispanics

2007 Jun 4-24

65

5

28

1

2004 Jun 9-30

65

5

27

3

2002 Jun 3-9

69

5

21

5

2001 Jun 11-17

72

3

23

2

D. The economy in general

Better

Worse

Not much
effect

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

Total

2007 Jun 4-24

28

46

23

3

2004 Jun 9-30

22

41

34

3

2002 Jun 3-9

32

36

28

4

2001 Jun 11-17

32

32

31

5

Non-Hispanic whites

2007 Jun 4-24

24

49

24

3

2004 Jun 9-30

18

42

37

3

2002 Jun 3-6

29

37

30

4

2001 Jun 11-17

29

34

32

5

Blacks

2007 Jun 4-24

22

52

21

5

2004 Jun 9-30

16

47

31

6

2002 Jun 3-9

25

47

24

4

2001 Jun 11-17

27

39

31

3

Hispanics

2007 Jun 4-24

55

25

17

3

2004 Jun 9-30

48

29

20

3

2002 Jun 3-9

53

22

23

2

2001 Jun 11-17

42

23

29

6

E. Taxes

Better

Worse

Not much
effect

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

Total

2007 Jun 4-24

11

55

28

6

2004 Jun 9-30

12

45

38

5

2002 Jun 3-9

12

50

31

7

2001 Jun 11-17

12

46

34

8

Non-Hispanic whites

2007 Jun 4-24

5

59

30

6

2004 Jun 9-30

8

46

42

4

2002 Jun 3-6

9

52

32

7

2001 Jun 11-17

10

48

34

8

Blacks

2007 Jun 4-24

10

54

29

7

2004 Jun 9-30

10

48

34

8

2002 Jun 3-9

14

54

25

7

2001 Jun 11-17

12

50

32

6

Hispanics

2007 Jun 4-24

42

34

19

5

2004 Jun 9-30

34

34

25

7

2002 Jun 3-9

29

31

33

7

2001 Jun 11-17

40

26

25

9

F. Social and moral values

Better

Worse

Not much
effect

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

Total

2007 Jun 4-24

19

37

41

3

2004 Jun 9-30

18

27

50

5

2002 Jun 3-9

25

30

39

6

2001 Jun 11-17

25

26

45

4

Non-Hispanic whites

2007 Jun 4-24

14

40

42

3

2004 Jun 9-30

14

29

51

6

2002 Jun 3-6

22

32

41

5

2001 Jun 11-17

22

29

45

4

Blacks

2007 Jun 4-24

18

31

46

5

2004 Jun 9-30

16

23

55

6

2002 Jun 3-9

27

31

34

8

2001 Jun 11-17

26

20

50

4

Hispanics

2007 Jun 4-24

42

19

35

4

2004 Jun 9-30

38

21

37

4

2002 Jun 3-9

39

17

37

7

2001 Jun 11-17

45

17

34

4

How closely have you been following the news about proposed legislation to deal with the issue of illegal immigration in the United States -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?

Very
closely

Somewhat
closely

Not too
closely

Not
at all

No
opinion

Total

2007 Jun 4-24

23%

47

23

6

*

Non-Hispanic whites

2007 Jun 4-24

21%

51

23

5

*

Blacks

2007 Jun 4-24

25%

34

24

15

1

Hispanics

2007 Jun 4-24

25%

43

23

8

1

* Less than 0.5%

Based on what you have heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the government's recent efforts to deal with illegal immigration in the U.S.?

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

Total

2007 Jun 4-24

32%

61

7

Non-Hispanic whites

2007 Jun 4-24

32%

60

8

Blacks

2007 Jun 4-24

29%

60

11

Hispanics

2007 Jun 4-24

37%

58

5

Do you think the United States should -- or should not -- require immigrants who come to this country to be proficient in English as a condition for remaining in the U.S.?

Yes,
should

No,
should not

No
opinion

Total

2007 Jun 4-24

77%

22

1

Non-Hispanic whites

2007 Jun 4-24

80%

18

2

Blacks

2007 Jun 4-24

76%

22

2

Hispanics

2007 Jun 4-24

59%

40

1

As you may know, Senate leaders and the president recently agreed on a bill dealing with the issue of illegal immigration. The legislation will be debated in Congress this coming week.

How closely have you been following the news about this proposed bill to deal with the issue of illegal immigration -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?

Very
closely

Somewhat
closely

Not too
closely

Not
at all

No
opinion

2007 Jun 1-3

18%

42

28

12

--

Based on what you have heard or read about it, do you favor or oppose this proposed bill, or don't you know enough to say?

Favor

Oppose

Don't know
enough to
say

No
answer

2007 Jun 1-3

11%

30

58

1

(Asked of those who either favor or oppose the proposed immigration bill) Do you [favor/oppose] this bill strongly or only moderately?

COMBINED RESPONSES: BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS

Favor,
strongly

Favor,
only
moderately

Oppose,
only
moderately

Oppose,
strongly

Don't
know
enough
to say

No
answer

2007 Jun 1-3

4%

7

12

18

58

1

(Asked of those who favor the proposed immigration bill) What are the main reasons why you favor this bill? [OPEN-ENDED]

2007
Jun 1-3

%

Agree with requirements illegal immigrants
must meet to stay in the U.S/become citizens

28

Need to do something to address issue

21

Helps control who can come into the U.S./sets limits

18

Good/Fair compromise/best that can be achieved

14

Impractical to send all illegal immigrants already here back to their home country

13

Need works over here to do jobs Americans won't do

9

Other

2

No reason in particular (vol.)

--

No opinion

9

Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses

(vol.) = Volunteered response

(Asked of those who oppose the proposed immigration bill) What are the main reasons why you oppose this bill? [OPEN-ENDED]

2007
Jun 1-3

%

Grants amnesty to illegal immigrants/Should not reward those who came illegally

39

Bill should have stronger/stiffer penalties for illegal immigrants

17

New laws won't work/won't take care of the problem

15

Immigrants cost taxpayers too much by using health, welfare, school services

11

Too many people in the U.S. already/should not allow so many in

10

Taking jobs from American workers

7

Penalties/Fines on immigrants are too stiff

7

Need to do more about border security

6

Other

6

No reason in particular (vol.)

1

No opinion

1

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses

Now thinking about immigrants who come to the United States illegally, which comes closest to your view about what the government policy should be toward illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States? Should the government -- [ROTATED: require illegal immigrants to leave the U.S. and not allow them to return, require illegal immigrants to leave the U.S., but allow them to return temporarily to work, require illegal immigrants to leave the U.S., but allow them to return and become U.S. citizens if they meet certain requirements over a period of time, (or) allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States and become U.S. citizens if they meet certain requirements over a period of time]?

2007
Apr 13-15

%

Require to leave, not allow to return

14

Require to leave, allow to return temporarily to work

6

Require to leave, allow to return and become citizens if requirements met

42

Allow to remain in the U.S. and become citizens if requirements met

36

No opinion

2

Do you think the U.S. has made progress or lost ground in dealing with illegal immigration in the past year, or has there been no change?

Made
progress

Lost
ground

No
change

No
opinion

2007 Apr 13-15

12%

43

42

3

Next, as you may know, the government is considering issuing new tamper-proof Social Security cards as a way for people to prove they are eligible to work in the United States. Would you favor or oppose requiring people to show this card in order to get a job in the U.S.?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2007 Mar 2-4

86%

10

3

Do you think -- [ITEMS ROTATED] -- [ROTATED: has/have gone too far, has/have been about right, or has/have not gone far enough] -- in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration?

A. The federal government

Too
far

About
right

Not far
enough

No
opinion

2007 Mar 2-4

9%

12

76

3

B. State and local governments

Too
far

About
right

Not far
enough

No
opinion

2007 Mar 2-4

10%

16

69

5

Do you think the number of immigrants now entering the U.S. from each of the following areas is too many, too few, or about the right amount -- how about immigrants from -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. European countries

Too many

Too few

About
right

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

Total

2006 Jun 8-25

20

17

56

8

2002 Jun 3-9

25

12

53

10

Non-Hispanic whites

2006 Jun 8-25

17

17

60

7

2002 Jun 3-6

25

9

57

9

Blacks

2006 Jun 8-25

27

11

53

9

2002 Jun 3-9

31

17

43

9

Hispanics

2006 Jun 8-25

16

22

49

13

2002 Jun 3-9

26

20

44

10

FULL NATIONAL ADULT TREND

Too many

Too few

About
right

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2006 Jun 8-25

20

17

56

8

2002 Jun 3-9

25

12

53

10

1993 Jul 9-11

33

10

52

5

1992 Feb 6-9

36

7

52

5

1984 Jun 1-3

26

11

50

13

B. Latin American countries

Too many

Too few

About
right

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

Total

2006 Jun 8-25

48

6

40

6

2002 Jun 3-9

46

5

41

8

Non-Hispanic whites

2006 Jun 8-25

46

5

43

6

2002 Jun 3-6

46

4

42

8

Blacks

2006 Jun 8-25

46

9

39

7

2002 Jun 3-9

40

12

40

8

Hispanics

2006 Jun 8-25

55

9

31

5

2002 Jun 3-9

50

11

35

4

FULL NATIONAL ADULT TREND

Too many

Too few

About
right

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2006 Jun 8-25

48

6

40

6

2002 Jun 3-9

46

5

41

8

1993 Jul 9-11

62

5

29

4

1992 Feb 6-9

69

5

22

4

1984 Jun 1-3

53

5

30

12

C. African countries

Too many

Too few

About
right

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

Total

2006 Jun 8-25

19

20

53

8

2002 Jun 3-9

29

13

48

10

Non-Hispanic whites

2006 Jun 8-25

17

16

59

8

2002 Jun 3-6

31

9

51

9

Blacks

2006 Jun 8-25

16

35

43

6

2002 Jun 3-9

28

26

40

6

Hispanics

2006 Jun 8-25

19

29

39

13

2002 Jun 3-9

18

24

44

14

FULL NATIONAL ADULT TREND

Too many

Too few

About
right

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2006 Jun 8-25

19

20

53

8

2002 Jun 3-9

29

13

48

10

1993 Jul 9-11

44

9

40

7

1992 Feb 6-9

47

10

36

7

1984 Jun 1-3

31

12

37

20

D. Asian countries

Too many

Too few

About
right

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

Total

2006 Jun 8-25

31

7

54

9

2002 Jun 3-9

39

5

47

9

Non-Hispanic whites

2006 Jun 8-25

29

5

57

8

2002 Jun 3-6

38

4

49

9

Blacks

2006 Jun 8-25

33

13

45

8

2002 Jun 3-9

47

7

39

7

Hispanics

2006 Jun 8-25

32

13

42

13

2002 Jun 3-9

34

15

41

10

FULL NATIONAL ADULT TREND

Too many

Too few

About
right

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2006 Jun 8-25

31

7

54

9

2002 Jun 3-9

39

5

47

9

1993 Jul 9-11

62

4

29

5

1992 Feb 6-9

58

4

32

6

1984 Jun 1-3

49

6

33

12

E. Arab countries

Too many

Too few

About
right

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

Total

2006 Jun 8-25

39

12

38

11

2002 Jun 3-9

54

5

33

8

Non-Hispanic whites

2006 Jun 8-25

39

11

39

10

2002 Jun 3-6

56

3

33

8

Blacks

2006 Jun 8-25

39

15

36

10

2002 Jun 3-9

52

8

32

8

Hispanics

2006 Jun 8-25

31

18

36

14

2002 Jun 3-9

46

16

28

10

FULL NATIONAL ADULT TREND

Too many

Too few

About
right

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2006 Jun 8-25

39

12

38

11

2002 Jun 3-9

54

5

33

8

1993 Jul 9-11

64

6

24

6

As you may know, Congress is considering new laws to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. What concerns you more -- that the new laws will go too far -- or will not go far enough -- to [ITEMS ROTATED]?

A. Increase security along the U.S. border with Mexico

Will go
too far

Will not go
far enough

No
opinion

%

%

%

Total

2006 Jun 8-25

31

66

3

Non-Hispanic whites

2006 Jun 8-25

28

69

3

Blacks

2006 Jun 8-25

30

67

3

Hispanics

2006 Jun 8-25

50

43

7

B. Develop a plan to deal with the large number of illegal immigrants who are already living in the U.S.

Will go
too far

Will not go
far enough

No
opinion

%

%

%

Total

2006 Jun 8-25

28

66

6

Non-Hispanic whites

2006 Jun 8-25

24

70

6

Blacks

2006 Jun 8-25

33

61

6

Hispanics

2006 Jun 8-25

42

54

3

How sympathetic would you say you are toward illegal immigrants in the United States -- [ROTATED: very sympathetic, somewhat sympathetic, somewhat unsympathetic, (or) very unsympathetic]?

Very
sympathetic

Somewhat
sympathetic

Somewhat
unsympathetic

Very
unsympathetic

No
opinion

2006 May 5-7

17%

46

18

16

3

Which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: if the U.S. government took the right steps, it could effectively control illegal immigration to the U.S., (or) no matter what the U.S. government does, it will not be able to control the number of illegal immigrants who are able to get into the U.S.]?

Could
control illegal
immigration

Will not be able
to control illegal
immigration

No
opinion

2006 May 5-7

62%

34

4

Suppose the government does allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States legally and permanently if they meet certain requirements. For each of the following, please say whether it should or should not be a requirement. First, the immigrant -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. Must have lived in the United States for at least five years

Yes, should

No, should not

No opinion

2006 May 5-7

74%

24

2

2006 Apr 7-9 ^

67%

30

3

^ Asked of a half sample

B. Must pay a fine for coming to the United States illegally

Yes, should

No, should not

No opinion

2006 May 5-7

57%

40

3

2006 Apr 7-9 ^

64%

34

1

^ Asked of a half sample

C. Must learn to speak English

Yes, should

No, should not

No opinion

2006 May 5-7

89%

10

*

2006 Apr 7-9 ^

85%

14

1

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

Do you favor or oppose each of the following proposals as a way to reduce illegal immigration to the United States? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. Building a wall along the border with Mexico

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2006 May 5-7

42%

56

2

B. Prohibiting children of illegal immigrants from attending U.S. public schools

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2006 May 5-7

32%

65

4

Suppose U.S. authorities were able to remove almost all illegal immigrants from the U.S. What effect do you think this would have on the U.S. economy? Do you think it would have a -- [ROTATED: very positive effect, somewhat positive, neither positive nor negative, somewhat negative, (or a) very negative effect] -- on the U.S. economy?

Very
positive

Some-
what
positive

Neither

Some-
what
negative

Very
negative

No
opinion

2006 May 5-7

12%

20

16

30

19

2

How much contact do you, personally, have with recent immigrants -- a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or none at all?

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not
much

None
at all

No
opinion

2006 May 5-7

14%

34

34

17

*

* Less than 0.5%

Do you know for a fact, or do you suspect, that any of those recent immigrants are in the United States illegally, or do you not suspect it?

[ASKED OF ADULTS WHO HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH RECENT IMMIGRANTS]

Know or suspect
immigrants here
illegally

Do not suspect
immigrants are
here illegally


No
opinion

2006 May 5-7

53%

38

8

Do you think that illegal immigration to the United States is out of control, or not?

Yes, out
of control

No,
not

No
opinion

2006 Apr 7-9

81%

16

3

Do you think the United States government should -- or should not -- make illegal immigration a crime?

[ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE]

Yes, should

No, should not

No opinion

2006 Apr 7-9

61%

35

4

Do you think the government should -- or should not -- make it a crime for U.S. citizens to provide assistance to people they know are illegal immigrants?

[ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE]

Yes, should

No, should not

No opinion

2006 Apr 7-9

52%

43

5

Next, thinking about people who come to the U.S. from other countries on temporary work visas, what do you think the government should do about the work opportunities available for those people? Should the government -- [ROTATED: expand those work opportunities, keep them about the same, or reduce those work opportunities]?

Expand

Keep
the same

Reduce

No opinion

2006 Apr 7-9

16%

53

27

4

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