A new poll has confirmed that most Americans want some sort of path to citizenship for undocumented migrants and oppose mass deportations.
The poll, published by the National Journal, shows that the largest group of respondents — 39% — backed the position of current GOP presidential front runner Newt Gingrich which calls for long term and law abiding ‘illegals’ to be allowed to stay.
Only 25% of respondents, 33% of Republicans, agreed that all ‘illegals’ should be deported.
The Obama administration has established new rules which are supposed to only lead to deportations of criminals, however, the effectiveness of this policy has been called into question by immigrant advocates. Detentions and deportations have hit record levels.
In the poll results:
- 28% agreed that all undocumented immigrants should be allowed “to stay, provided they have broken no other laws and commit to learning English and U.S. history.”
- 39% said that authorities should “deport some, but allow those who have been here for many years and have broken no other laws to stay here legally.”
- 25% agreed that all should be deported “no matter how long they have been in the U.S.”
The highest support for the third option was amongst Republicans, whites with no college, men and non-Hispanic whites.
Gingrich’s position that longtime undocumented immigrants who have broken no other laws should be granted a right to stay in the country, although without citizenship, by local community boards, has been labelled as “amnesty” by his main opponents.
A new Fox News poll found only 19% supporting the proposition that “the government send all illegal immigrants back to their home country.” Another Fox News poll in October found 63% support for the proposition that “illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States since they were children should be eligible for legal citizenship.”
The United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from Dec. 1 to 4; it interviewed 1,008 adults by landline and cell phone. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
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