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Poll: 75 Percent of Americans Say Immigration Is Good For Country

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PostThe Last Outlaw on Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:13 pm


From The New York Times

Niraj Chokshi of The New York Times wrote:

Most Americans oppose the separation of immigrant families at the border, and a larger share of people than at any point since 2001 say immigration is good for the nation.

Those were just some of the findings of polls published in the past week that shed new light on attitudes toward immigration, a subject that many Americans view as a top concern ahead of this fall’s midterm elections.

While most oppose President Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border, fellow Republicans were more likely to support it than not, the polls found. Since the polls were conducted, however, the president caved to public pressure and agreed to stop the separation policy by detaining families at the border together for an indefinite period.

And despite the president’s anti-immigration message, three in four Americans say immigration is generally good for the nation, according to Gallup, the polling organization.

“Americans’ strong belief that immigration is a good thing for the country and that immigration levels shouldn’t be decreased present the president and Congress with some tough decisions as the midterm elections loom,” Gallup said in a news release Thursday.

Here’s what the recent polls show.

Record support for immigration

Despite the contentious political climate, 75 percent of Americans think immigration, in general, is good for the nation, according to Gallup, which surveyed more than 1,500 adults during the first two weeks of June.

Among Democrats and those who lean toward the party, 85 percent viewed immigration positively, compared with 65 percent of Republicans and those who lean Republican.

When asked their thoughts about “legal immigration” specifically, even more Americans, about 84 percent, said it was good for the country.

Support for reining in immigration is at its lowest level in more than half a century: Just 29 percent of Americans believe it should be decreased, the smallest share recorded by Gallup since at least 1965.

Strong opposition to separating families

Several recent polls found that most Americans disagreed with President Trump taking a hard-line approach to immigration enforcement by separating families at the border.

“When does public opinion become a demand that politicians just can’t ignore?” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement this week, announcing the results of a recent survey of more than 900 voters conducted last week and weekend. “Two-thirds of American voters oppose the family separation policy at our borders.”

Two similar polls of adults — one conducted by Ipsos and another conducted by YouGov with The Economist — found comparable results, albeit with smaller majorities opposing the policy.

In all three polls, those surveyed were about twice as likely to oppose separating families as to support it. But there was a large partisan divide: Republicans were more likely to support family separation than oppose it, while Democrats overwhelmingly disliked it. Independents strongly opposed the policy, just not to the same degree as Democrats.

“Neither quotes from the Bible nor get-tough talk can soften the images of crying children nor reverse the pain so many Americans feel,” Mr. Malloy said in the statement. The administration was heavily criticized after Attorney General Jeff Sessions used a Bible passage to justify the separation policy and images of weeping children began to circulate widely.

The nation’s top problem?

Immigration has also emerged as a top policy concern among Americans: Those who were asked this month to name the most important problem facing the nation were more likely to bring up the issue than any other, according to a Pew Research Center survey of about 2,000 adults.

When Pew asked that same question in January 2017, immigration was cited less often than health care, the economy, unemployment, race relations and Donald J. Trump, then the president-elect.

Gallup found similar results: The share of Americans who said immigration was the top problem facing the country rose to 14 percent in June, from 10 percent the month before.

Both polls found that Republicans cited immigration far more often than Democrats. Still, Pew found that about one in five Democrats and Republicans alike wanted local candidates to discuss the issue this fall.

75% of Americans in favor of immigration?  Shocking!  You'd think that most Americans (preferably Trumpians) would want anyone else here in the USA.  Trump himself wouldn't and doesn't want anyone from South of the Border here.  This is his idea of "Making America Great Again."  Since everyone from beyond the Southern border are gang members (MS 13), rapists, murderers, criminals of all kinds, they shouldn't be allowed in the country.  Pathetic.  I said in a previous post that we were known as a melting pot.  Why can't we be this again?  I stand by that rhetorical question.

We are America.  Everyone who has stepped on this land, whether they were born here, or they moved here from another country and had the chance to become American citizens, we are Americans.

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PostAmulet1 on Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:57 pm

I dont have a problem with immigration as long as they do it the legal way, not sneaking into the country. There has been a problem with it for many years. The past Presidents talked about it but didnt do a thing to help the situation. I think this whole situation is a shame but I do believe the media is making it out as Trumps fault because it is election year. Time posted that picture of that child saying she was seperated from her parents but it has been proven as a lie. NBC and CBS have stated that it wasnt true.
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PostThe Last Outlaw on Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:52 am

@Amulet1 wrote:I dont have a problem with immigration as long as they do it the legal way, not sneaking into the country. There has been a problem with it for many years.  The past Presidents talked about it but didnt do a thing to help the situation.  I think this whole situation is a shame but I do believe the media is making it out as Trumps fault because it is election year.  Time posted that picture of that child saying she was seperated from her parents but it has been proven as a lie. NBC and CBS have stated that it wasnt true.

I'm not disagreeing with that opinion of "do it the right way." What I disagree is some of the things Trump has said from campaign until now in regard to immigration. Not all immigrants from South of the Border are "Rapists, Murderers, Gang Members..." He's also said that "they are not sending their best." In you honest and humble opinion, what does THAT mean?

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PostAmulet1 on Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:28 am

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@Amulet1 wrote:I dont have a problem with immigration as long as they do it the legal way, not sneaking into the country. There has been a problem with it for many years.  The past Presidents talked about it but didnt do a thing to help the situation.  I think this whole situation is a shame but I do believe the media is making it out as Trumps fault because it is election year.  Time posted that picture of that child saying she was seperated from her parents but it has been proven as a lie. NBC and CBS have stated that it wasnt true.

I'm not disagreeing with that opinion of "do it the right way."  What I disagree is some of the things Trump has said from campaign until now in regard to immigration.   Not all immigrants from South of the Border are "Rapists, Murderers, Gang Members..."  He's also said that "they are not sending their best."  In you honest and humble opinion, what does THAT mean?

His mouth has gotten him into trouble numerous times and I dont agree with the things he says. But he is doing something to deal with the immigration problem.
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PostThe Last Outlaw on Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:33 am

Still you haven't answered the question. Given that Trump has said, "They're not sending their best.". What does that mean in your honest and humble opinion?

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PostAmulet1 on Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:50 am

@The Last Outlaw wrote:Still you haven't answered the question.  Given that Trump has said, "They're not sending their best.". What does that mean in your honest and humble opinion?

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I have no idea what he was thinking. I have never claimed I was a mind reader. There are many things that I dont agree with what Trump is saying or doing. I am sure there are many of these immigrants that are part of the cartel and bad people but there are alot that are not bad. If you come here legally I have no problem with that but if they come illigally then they should be sent back.

We need to help the homeless and those who are in need here first.


I vote for who I think is best for the job, not the party. Trump was not my choice but I sure as heck wasnt going to vote for Hillory. She shouldnt of even gotten the nomination in the first place
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PostThe Last Outlaw on Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:04 am

Hey, for what all that was worth, I voted for Bernie Sanders.

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PostAmulet1 on Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:10 am

@The Last Outlaw wrote:Hey, for what all that was worth, I voted for Bernie Sanders.

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He should of been nominated not Hillory.
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PostThe Last Outlaw on Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:12 am

Now there's something you and I agree on!

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