Poll: 63 Percent of Americans Still Support Path to Citizenship

Monday, 25 Nov 2013 10:05 AM

By Courtney Coren

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A majority of Americans — 63 percent — still favor providing a path to legal citizenship for illegal immigrants, according to a poll released Monday.

According to the poll taken by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, surveying 1,005 adults from Nov. 6-10,  14 percent support giving illegal immigrants a way to become legal residents, but not citizens, as long as certain requirements are met, while 18 percent support a policy aimed at finding and deporting all illegal immigrants in the United States.

The number of Americans who support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants has remained unchanged since Public Religion's previous polls in 2013. The same number — 63 percent — supported "pathway" when asked in the organizations surveys in March and August of this year.

Seventy-three percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Republicans, and 57 percent of independents favor a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

A majority of Americans — 65 percent — believe that the current immigration system is either completely or mostly broken, with 11 percent more, since March, now saying that it is completely broken.

However, only 41 percent of Americans think that immigration policy should be a priority for Congress and President Barack Obama.

The group also conducted 12 focus groups, with 110 total participants, in Arizona, Florida, and Ohio from Aug. 10-11, and that input was factored into its report.

It made little difference in the percentage of Americans who support a pathway to citizenship if they lived in a border state. Approximately, 60 percent of Ohio, Florida, and Arizona residents support a citizenship path, closely matching the national support.

The number of Americans who support a path to citizenship is consistent with other polls taken over the last year. A Politico/George Washington University poll taken in December showed 62 percent support for a citizenship path for illegal immigrants.


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