Challenge for Immigration Restrictionists: Are Most Americans in Favor of Amnesty?
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It seems like whenever there is an immigration debate I hear something like "80% of people just want enforcement", and the general impression is made that the vast majority of people are on the side of the people who are opposed to any path to legalization and just for enforcement. One gets the impression that there is this super majority that is being suppressed by the few in Congress.
I have looked at the polling and I cannot recall seeing one poll that shows a majority of people against a path to legalization. It seems all the polls show between around 60-80% of people being in favor of a path to legalization for illegal immigrants. The HTML messes up how I show the polls, in the following poll just keep in mind that the first numbers are those who support, second numbers those who oppose and last numbers those who don't know. The polling comes from: http://pollingreport.com/immigration.htm. First check out this poll:
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 4-6, 2007. N=1,028 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
"Would you favor or oppose each of the following proposals? . . ."
Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
"Building a 700 mile long fence on the border with Mexico"
45 53 2
45 53 2
45 50 5
"Creating a temporary worker program that would allow foreign citizens to enter the U.S. for several months to work but would not allow them to apply for U.S. citizenship"
48 50 2
48 46 7
"Creating a program that would allow illegal immigrants already living in the United States for a number of years to stay in this country and apply for U.S. citizenship if they had a job and paid back taxes"
80 19 1
77 21 2
79 18 3
So to summarize there is a plurality against building a 700 mile fence, people are split on a temporary worker program, and about 80% of people are in favor of a path to legalization and US citizenship for illegals. Now take this poll:
Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. April 5-9, 2007. N=1,373 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
When it comes to dealing with illegal immigration, do you favor an approach that focuses only on tougher enforcement of immigration laws, or an approach that includes both tougher enforcement of immigration laws and also creates a guest worker program that allows undocumented workers to work legally in the U.S. on temporary visas?" Options rotated
40% of people were for enforcement only, 55% for a guest worker program and 5% were unsure. Not exactly 80% that only want enforcement is it?
Now here is my challenge to those of you crying that there is this vast majority against amnesty: (which you seem to claim is anything which allows the illegals to be forgiven ie a path to legalization) show me one poll that shows a majority of Americans opposed to some path to legalization. Also for those of you, who are enforcement only supporters and think that the majority of the country is on your side, I challenge you to show me one poll that shows that you are even in the majority. I have shown one poll to both challenges ( I would show more, but the HTML makes showing tables hard) so all I ask from you is one poll that even shows that your position is in the majority. Have at it.
By the way I am talking about scientific polls not straw polls.