According to a new Fox News / Opinion Dynamics poll about immigration, 91% of respondents think illegal immigration is a very or somewhat serious problem. The report is here. The PDF file with the questions and the results is here.
Here's the actual question that was asked:
How serious a problem do you believe the illegal or undocumented immigration situation is in the United States today? Do you see it as a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious or not at all a serious problem?
63% said "very serious", 28% said "somewhat serious", and 2% were unsure. Leaving 7% who don't think it's a problem. (In future posts, I think I'll call supporters of illegal immigration "The Seven Percenters.")
This was a phone poll of 900 people. Now, I fully expect the usual suspects to claim it was a fake poll or make a enormously humorous pun like "Faux." Well, stifle your laughter because here are three examples of MediaMatters citing other polls from the same source, without questioning their credibility: this, this, and this.
That said, one of the questions is a bit unfortunate:
Do you favor or oppose eliminating all forms of public assistance, including education and health benefits, to all illegal or undocumented immigrants and their children?
Emphasis added. I don't favor eliminating all services, which might include things like legitimate emergencies.
And, on an unfortunate note, a majority support allowing working illegal aliens to apply for "legal, temporary-worker status." I would imagine the responses would be dramatically different if the question had been changed to "legal, temporary-worker status which Teddy Kennedy and other 'liberals' would deal up into a permanent amnesty."
Note also that in most cases Republicans and Democrats are close or very close in their responses. That's similar to other immigration polls.
Immigration2005a · Wed, 05/04/2005 - 18:31 · Importance: 1