NPR/Ipsos Poll on Immigration Policy Majorities Oppose the Border Wall and Support Legal Status for "DREAMers"
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NPR/Ipsos Poll on Immigration Policy

Thousands of immigrants and supporters join the Defend DACA March in Los Angeles in September to oppose the President Trump's ordered end to DACA protections. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Thousands of immigrants and supporters join the Defend DACA March in Los Angeles in September to oppose the President Trump's ordered end to DACA protections.

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February, 5 2018; Washington, D.C. - Congress must pass another spending bill this week or the government will shut down – and at the crux of the negotiation is a debate over immigration policy, specifically the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But what do Americans outside Congress think? A new NPR/Ipsos survey reveals American attitudes towards immigrants and immigration policy. Notably, views on immigration are largely split among party lines.

"Since Trump has taken over the GOP, [immigration] has become the fault line — even more than other social issues. It's the main dividing line between the two parties now," said Chris Jackson, vice president for Ipsos and director of the public polling team.

Read the full findings and analysis of the survey HERE and HERE

Key Findings:

  • 65% of all Americans believe that undocumented or illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children should be given legal status – including 81% of Democrats, 51% of Republicans and 66% of Independents.
  • 45% of all Americans believe we should end the ability of legal immigrants to bring their extended family members to the U.S. – including 30% of Democrats, 63% of Republicans and 49% of Independents.
  • 38% of all Americans support building a wall or fence along the entire U.S./Mexico border – including 18% of Democrats, 68% of Republicans and 32% of Independents.
  • (Separately) 60% of all Americans agree that building a wall or fence along the entire U.S./Mexico border wastes taxpayer money – including 81% of Democrats, 35% of Republicans and 57% of Independents.
  • 31% of Republicans incorrectly believe that immigrants are more likely to commit crimes or be incarcerated compared to U.S.-born citizens, compared to just 12% of Democrats and 13% of Independents
  • 39% of all Americans believe the total number of immigrants to America should decrease – including 25% of Democrats, 62% of Republicans and 35% of Independents
  • 33% of all Americans believe the total number of immigrants coming to American should be kept the same – including 44% of Democrats, 18% of Republicans and 39% of Independents.
  • 15% of all Americans believe the U.S. should take more immigrants from places like Norway instead of from African countries and Haiti.
  • 75% of all Americans believe that immigrants are an important part of American identity – including 83% of Democrats, 71% of Republicans and 76% of Independents.
  • 57% of all Americans believe that America depends on immigrants to sustain our economy – including 71% of Democrats, 45% of Republicans and 55% of Independents. However, 52% also agree that when jobs are scarce, employers should prioritize hiring people of this country over immigrants.