Immigration

Majority of Americans sympathetic to undocumented immigrants, survey shows

Pew Research Center released the results of a poll Thursday showing that three-quarters of respondents believe the undocumented are as honest and hardworking as U.S. citizens.
26 Ago 2016 – 3:22 PM EDT

Most Americans have a favorable opinion of undocumented immigrants and oppose the construction of a border wall, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.

Based on interviews with 2,010 people between August 9 and 16, the survey also showed a consensus among Democrats and Republicans about how to deal with immigration.

Undocumented immigrants are as honest and hardworking as U.S. citizens, according to 76 percent of those polled. Only 18 percent disagreed. Also, 67 percent believe undocumented immigrants aren't more likely than citizens to commit a serious crime. About 27 percent believe the undocumented are more likely to break laws.

The majority of respondents also believe the undocumented don't take jobs away from Americans: 71 percent said the undocumented fill jobs that citizens don't want.

Pew found that 61 percent of those polled oppose a border wall, compared to 36 percent in favor. But the issue is more divisive among Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton supporters. Almost 80 percent of Trump supporters favor the border wall - one of the centerpieces of his campaign - compared to only 10 percent of Clinton supporters.

The survey showed that 45 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats believe that better border security and a path to citizenship for the undocumented should be equally prioritized.


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