May 13, 2021: Fifty-seven percent (57%) of U.S. adults believe that “people’s desire to reduce immigration to the United States is motivated by a sincere interest in controlling our borders. Forty‐three percent (43%) say racist beliefs are the true motivation.”
A Cato Institute survey found a substantial partisan divide. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans and 60% of independents believe the intentions are sincere. However, 70% of Democrats take the opposite view and believe the desire for less immigration is driven by racism.
Most white Americans (61%) believe motives are sincere, while most African Americans think it’s driven by racism. Latino and Asian Americans are evenly divided.Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics and technology. Columns published on Ballotpedia reflect the views of the author. Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day is published by Ballotpedia weekdays at 9 a.m. Eastern. Columns published on Ballotpedia reflect the views of the author. Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of the Rasmussen Media Group. He is the author of "Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System," "In Search of Self-Governance," and "The People's Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt." Read Scott Rasmussen's Reports — More Here.
- Cato Institute, "E Pluribus Unum: Findings from the Cato Institute 2021 Immigration and Identity National Survey," April 27, 2021
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