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Gallup: New High of 41 Percent Satisfied With Immigration Levels

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 10:55 AM

Four out of 10 American adults are satisfied with the current level of immigration to the United States, the highest since Gallup began tracking the issue in 2001.

Immigration satisfaction fell the most under former president George W. Bush, to a low of 23 percent in 2008, but rose under President Barack Obama, reaching a then-high of 38 percent in 2014.

Of the current 53 percent of Americans who are dissatisfied with immigration, the majority of them want less of it:

  • 36 percent are dissatisfied and want less immigration.
  • 5 percent are dissatisfied and want more.
  • 12 percent are dissatisfied but want no change.

Last year, Gallup found that 39 percent were dissatisfied with the level of immigration and wanted it lowered.

"President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Congress have vowed to move forward on building a border wall with Mexico in an effort to reduce illegal immigration," Gallup's Gary J. Gates writes. "Trump's broader immigration vision, as outlined in his campaign literature, focuses on increased legal immigration controls designed to make sure American citizens get first priority for jobs.

"These findings demonstrate that garnering public support for efforts to substantially change immigration policy may be complicated. …

"It is possible that some of the higher satisfaction this year is a result of support for Trump's proposed changes to immigration policy. Conservatives did see a particularly large uptick in satisfaction with immigration, but the increase was more modest among Republicans.

"Overall, however, the data demonstrate a sharp divide among Americans on the issue of reducing immigration. Republicans, conservatives, and white adults largely drive the support for reducing the immigration level."

Gallup polled 1,032 adults from Jan. 4-8, 2017 in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., by phone, with a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.

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