Immigration is unpopular with Americans. Really unpopular. And that’s immigration, full-stop—not merely illegal immigration.
How do I know? My reading of NumbersUSA polls, both current and from the last few years.
For example, on June 20, Numbers reported polling numbers from Missouri, a “swing state” whose Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will be up for re-election in 2018 [ 64% of Missourians Want Immigration Cut by 50% or More]. Its press release heralding these numbers opens:
By nearly a 3-to-1 margin, Missourians say they want legal immigration -- that has been averaging around one million a year -- reduced to a half-million or less. That is the preference of nearly all demographic groups, including Missouri's Democrats, Republicans, Independents, conservatives, liberals, moderates, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants and those of other religions and no religion, according to a survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 Missourians likely to vote in next year's midterm congressional elections.
The poll’s Question #3 (of 13) first provided context— “Current federal policy automatically adds about one million new legal immigrants each year giving all of them lifetime work visas”—and then asked the respondents:
Which is closest to the number of lifetime immigrant work visas the government should be adding each year -- none, 250,000, half a million, one million, one and a half million, two million, or more than two million?
Results from those 1,000 likely mid-term voters in Missouri:
- 25% None
- 22% 250,000
- 16% Half a million
- 14% One million
- 3% One and a half million
- 3% Two million
- 4% More than two million
- 14% Not sure
Altogether, then, 63 percent chose an immigrant level of half-million or less, while 24 percent preferred one million or more. That’s an overwhelming landslide favoring lower immigration rates. Read more >>