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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Zogby Poll: Stop The Illegals

The latest Zogby poll came out a few days ago. Click the link and read the results. Or go here for the results in a PDF file.

Here'e page one of the report:

WASHINGTON (May 3, 2006) – A new Zogby poll of likely voters, using neutral language (see wording
on following pages), finds that Americans prefer the House of Representatives’ enforcement-only bill by
2-1 over Senate proposals to legalize illegal immigrants and greatly increase legal immigration. The poll
was conducted for the Center for Immigration Studies.
• On immigration generally, Americans want less, not more, immigration. Only 26 percent said
immigrants were assimilating fine and that immigration should continue at current levels, compared
to 67 percent who said immigration should be reduced so we can assimilate those already here.
• While the Senate is considering various bills that would increase legal immigration from 1 million
to 2 million a year, 2 percent of Americans believe current immigration is too low. This was true for
virtually every grouping in the survey by ethnicity, income, age, religion, region, party, or ideology.
• When offered by itself, there is strong support for the House bill: 69 percent said it was a good or
very good idea when told it tries to make illegals go home by fortifying the border, forcing employer
verification, and encouraging greater cooperation with local law enforcement while not increasing
legal immigration; 27 percent said it was a bad or very bad idea.
• Support for the House approach was widespread, with 81 percent of Republicans, 72 percent of
independents, 57 percent of Democrats, and 53 percent of Hispanics saying it was good or very good
• When offered by itself, there is also some support for the Senate approach, thought not as much
as for the House bill: 42 percent said the Senate approach was a good or very good idea when told
it would allow illegal immigrants to apply for legal status provided they met certain criteria, and it
would significantly increase legal immigration and increase enforcement of immigration laws; 50
percent said it was a bad or very bad idea.
• There were few groups in which a majority supported the Senate plan, even when presented by itself,
exceptions included Hispanics 62 percent of whom said it was a good or very good idea and the most
liberal voters (progressives) 54 percent of whom approved of it.

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