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Immigration polls

The following is a partial list of the immigration polls - or polls featuring one or more immigration-related questions - that we've covered. Most polls on this topic aren't that reliable because they ask open-ended or misleading questions that frequently fail to disclose all the details of a specific issue. Only questions that ask about a very specific topic and that are asked of those familiar with that topic should be trusted.

Last modified Jul 17, 2010
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Larry Kudlow is still not in touch with reality on immigration - 05/23/14

... is illustrating GIGO for us: immigration polls tend to be designed to deceive and give comfort to amnesty supporters, but don't reflect reality. If there's so much support for amnesty, why hasn't it passed by now? Why do politicians constantly have to dance around their support for amnesty, such as playing word games? Why are so many Republicans reluctant to admit that they support mass...

Bogus Gallup poll does not show more support for mass immigration legalization - 02/17/14

Do the latest results of a Gallup poll (link) show that the public is moving more towards support of mass legalization of illegal aliens? While those with a pro-comprehensive immigration reform agenda might like to think that or make you think that, the answer is no. Not only that, but Gallup itself is showing their bias by misleading about the interpretation of their own results. Five times...

Another misleading Public Religion Research Institute immigration poll (Saperstein, Preston, CNN) - 11/25/13

... PRRI has yet another deceptive immigration poll designed to push comprehensive immigration reform [2]. A previous deceptive PRRI poll is discussed at that link. Note also that their Board is chaired by Rabbi David Saperstein, a supporter of illegal immigration; see the link for more. PRRI's latest deceptive poll asked "How should the immigration system deal with immigrants currently living in...

How the American Action Network immigration poll misleads (Steve King, Iowa) - 07/24/13

... Network ("AAN") has released an immigration poll that claims to show support for amnesty in the Iowa district of U.S. Rep. Steve King. As you might expect if you've seen the first two links in this post, the poll achieves that result be misleading those who responded. According to the poll summary [1], "[r]espondents were presented with the following reform proposal, and were told it would only...

Can Caroline Horn get anything right? (CBS News, immigration) - 06/21/13

Caroline Horn of CBS News offers "Are pro-immigration reform Republicans hurting their 2016 chances?" ( peekURL.com/z3LwV8J ). It's not clear whether she's intentionally trying to deceive her readers or whether she's just a sloppy reporter, but let's take a look. She writes: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is leading the Senate efforts to pass legislation. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., told a...

How the Reason Rupe poll misleads on immigration amnesty (Emily Elkins, Ed Morrissey) - 03/02/13

Ed Morrissey of HotAir will grasp at any straw to support amnesty, and the latest is "Reason-Rupe poll shows majority approves path to citizenship, oppose targeted drone killings of Americans" [1] referring to a poll by Reason Magazine [2]. That poll obtains its result by misleading; here's the question that was asked with the results: Which comes closest to your view about unauthorized...

How CBS immigration poll misleads (legalization, amnesty, Cirilli, Mataconis, Moran) - 01/29/13

... leave." And, that explains why a new immigration poll from CBS News misleads (link). It purports to find a whopping 71% of Americans supportive of some kind of legalization program for illegal aliens, but it arrived at that figure through deceptive means. Here's the question that was asked ( peekURL.com/zXzB6ry ): Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently...

Half of Mexicans have unfavorable image of Americans - 01/13/13

The Pew Research Global Attitudes Project shows that Mexicans - the largest immigrant group to the U.S. - don't like Americans all that much. Asked if they had a favorable view of the United States, just 56% of Mexicans said yes. Countries with higher percentages were Italy (74%), Japan (72%), France (69%), Poland (69%), Brazil (61%), Britain (60%), and Spain (58%). Asked if they had a favorable...

64% support Obama's anti-American DREAM Act amnesty? (Bloomberg, immigration, poll) - 06/19/12

A new Bloomberg immigration poll contends that 64% of likely voters approve of Obama enacting a version of the anti-American DREAM Act (link): Sixty-four percent of likely voters [note: 734 U.S. adults] surveyed after Obama's June 15 announcement said they agreed with the policy, while 30 percent said they disagreed. Independents backed the decision by better than a two-to-one margin... A...

Poll: majority supports Mitt Romney on immigration, including 24% of Hispanics - 04/19/12

A Quinnipiac University poll [1] asked "Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job - on immigration, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?" Here are the results: Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk Hsp Obama 39% 10% 72% 33% 36% 42% 32% 76%...

Poll: GOP obsesses over spending, downplays much more important immigration issue - 04/17/12

The chart below [1] shows that the GOP has become a party of crazed accountants, obsessing over the budget deficit. At the same time, the immigration issue has become less important to the GOP. That's despite immigration - which determines who lives in the U.S. and who votes - being a far more vital and fundamental issue than spending. Deficits can be reduced in future years with increased...

Poll: 61% oppose California driver's licenses for illegal aliens (51% of Hispanics & Democrats oppose) - 02/28/12

California state assemblyman Gil Cedillo has yet again introduced a bill to give drivers licenses to give illegal aliens. To determine public support for the plan, KABC commissioned a Survey USA poll of Los Angeles area residents [1]. The results show that 61% oppose giving illegal aliens licenses to drive, and only 35% support the plan. Moreover, majorities of both Hispanics (51% against, 45%...

Public Religion Research Institute's misleading poll (immigration, DREAM Act, Brookings Institution) - 09/06/11

... questions are misleading (see immigration poll for other misleading polls about this issue). Others involved in the poll are the Brookings Institution (brookings.edu/reports/2011/0906_american_attitudes.aspx) and EJ Dionne. They write: Americans express strong support for the basic tenets of the DREAM Act: allowing illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to gain legal resident status...

Andrea Nill not exactly honest about DREAM Act (Sharron Angle ad) - 10/06/10

Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress responds to the new Sharron Angle ad with a somewhat misleading post about the anti-American DREAM Act. The Angle ad is here; the Nill post is at [1]. Nill writes: The ad appears to be vaguely referencing the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act which Reid attached to the defense reauthorization bill last month as an amendment. The DREAM Act...

Pew: "immigration does not rank as a top voting issue for Hispanics" - 10/05/10

From a new Pew Hispanic poll (link): When Arizona enacted an unauthorized immigrant enforcement bill earlier this year, the immigration policy debate reignited across the country. Even so, the new survey shows that immigration does not rank as a top voting issue for Hispanics. Rather, they rank education, jobs and health care as their top three issues of concern for this year's congressional...

Misleading Politico immigration poll, spun by Mark Penn - 08/16/10

The Politico has released a poll [1] that asked people to choose from the following two choices (graphic with results below). The second choice is mostly clear-cut, but the first choice - to the extent it makes any sense at all - is open to multiple interpretations. Taken together, the poll question and the results are mostly meaningless: Q. Which is closest to your views regarding immigration...

CBS poll: support for Arizona immigration law at 74% - 07/14/10

According to a new CBS News poll (link), support for the new Arizona immigration law is at a very high 74%: * 57% say the law is "about right" * 17% say the law "doesn't go far enough" Contrast that with 23% who say it "goes too far". The number you'll hear repeated over and over - and the one that CBS highlights - is the 57%. However, the actual support is the 74%: those who say it "doesn't go...

Gallup poll: Hispanics 2-to-1 for Democrats both before and after Arizona immigration law - 06/11/10

From a new Gallup poll (link): Hispanic voters nationwide haven't shifted their congressional voting preferences since the signing of Arizona's new immigration law on April 23. Their preference for the Democratic candidate over the Republican candidate, 61% to 32%, in April 23 to June 8 interviewing almost identically matches the 60% to 32% margin recorded between March 1 and April 22. White...

Misleading Lake Research, America's Voice immigration poll (DailyKos) - 05/25/10

Another day, another misleading immigration poll. This one is from Lake Research for Frank Sharry's America's Voice. It's promoted by Kos of DailyKos at [1]. And, one wonders what the game is: why promote misleading polls when all they do is give a false sense that something's popular when it isn't? Since many of the consumers of the poll will be on Kos' side, why is he trying to mislead them? Or...

SEIU, NCLR release incredibly deceptive immigration poll (Andrea Nill, Arizona) - 05/15/10

... of La Raza have released a new immigration poll of likely voters in Arizona [1], specifically asking about that state's new law and about comprehensive immigration reform. Well, actually, they didn't use the word "comprehensive" in some of the questions, only asking about "immigration reform". Needless to say, one person's idea of "immigration reform" might differ from another's, meaning that at...

Questionable NCLR poll: 81% of Latinos oppose Arizona immigration law; plays race card - 05/11/10

The National Council of La Raza and others [1] recently released a poll [2] making the claim that 70% of Latinos "strongly oppose" the new Arizona immigration law, with 11% in the "somewhat oppose" camp. Their findings are a bit questionable considering the results to the first question "What do you think are the most important issues that President Obama and the Congress should address over the...

Dan Schnur misleads about USC's misleading poll (Los Angeles Times, immigration) - 04/08/10

A few days ago, I discussed how a new Los Angeles Times / University of Southern California poll was designed to mislead. It not only presented a false choice about immigration, but it made one question deliberately unworkable (denying "emergency room treatment" to illegal aliens) in order to force people to choose one of the other, more amnesty-friendly options. Now, [1] Dan Schnur of USC takes...

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner/ LAT / USC poll designed to mislead; has immigration false choice - 04/03/10

... report here. Like others listed in immigration poll, it offers a false choice about the options available to us. These are the only three options that people were given for the "IMMIBAT" question (numbering and results added): 1. Implement stronger enforcement at the border and prohibit those here illegally from benefiting from any taxpayer funded social services, including emergency room...

Poll: church members disagree with religious leaders' support for amnesty, massive immigration - 12/29/09

From this: In contrast to many national religious leaders who are lobbying for increases in immigration numbers, a new Zogby poll of likely voters who belong to the same religious communities finds strong support for reducing overall immigration. Moreover, the poll finds that members strongly disagree with their leaders’ contention that more immigrant workers need to be allowed into the country....

68% oppose sanctuary cities, only 13% support; 49% think their funds should be cut - 11/05/09

From a Rasmussen immigration poll from last month (link): 68% of U.S. voters oppose the creation of sanctuary cities. Only 13% favor the creation of cities that give safe haven to illegal immigrants. Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure. Forty-nine percent (49%) say federal and state government funds should be cut off to cities that provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants. Thirty-three percent (33...

CNN poll: 73% want illegal immigration decreased; - 10/22/09

From this: Seventy-three percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday morning called for a drop in the number of illegal immigrants, with 22 percent saying the number should remain the same and just 3 percent stating that there should be an increase in the number of illegal immigrants. That 73 percent figure is the highest number since CNN started...

Zogby poll: 69% of Mexicans think immigrants should be loyal to Mexico; most say immigration "reform" would increase illegal immigration - 10/14/09

A Zogby poll done of Mexicans in Mexico is discussed here. They seem to have buried the lede, so I'll put that shocking revelation first: * An overwhelming majority (69 percent) of people in Mexico thought that the primary loyalty of Mexican-Americans (Mexico- and U.S.-born) should be to Mexico. Just 20 percent said it should be to the United States. The rest were unsure. * Also, 69 percent of...

Gallup poll: 50% of Americans want immigration decreased (was 39% last year) - 08/09/09

According to Gallup (link): Half (50%) say immigration should be decreased, up from 39% last year. A third (32%) say immigration levels should be kept the same, down from 39%, and 14% say they should be increased, down from 18%... Currently, 58% say [immigration] is a good thing -- the lowest percentage saying so since 2003. The historical low for this measure, 52%, came in 2002, after the 9/11...

Poll: 86% support immigration "reform" (as described). I.e., MSM lies are working, opponents need to work smarter (Kos, Frank Sharry) - 06/04/09

Over at the DailyKos, Kos informs us [1] that Frank Sharry's "America's Voice" commissioned Benenson Strategy Group to conduct a poll about comprehensive immigration reform. According to them, 86% of respondents support "reform". The fact that their description of that "reform" is highly misleading doesn't make that number any less surprising. While I tend to suspect that there might be something...

Angela Kelley/CAP, Gary Langer/ABC News admit: immigration "reform" is amnesty - 05/12/09

One of the games that illegal immigration supporters like to play is to pretend that comprehensive immigration reform isn't amnesty; they use a variety of misleading euphemisms, such as "earned legalization" and so on. But, sometimes the mask slips, as it did with Angela Kelley of the Center for American Progress. Referring to the recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, she says (americanprogress....

Washington Post /ABC News poll shows 61% favor illegal alien legalization; didn't ask about citizenship - 05/12/09

Last month, the Washington Post and ABC News conducted a telephone poll that included this question (link): Would you support or oppose a program giving ILLEGAL immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here LEGALLY if they pay a fine and meet other requirements? 61% supported that vs. 35% against, up from 49/46, 51/44, and 52/44 in the second half of 2007. The uptick in...

Pew Hispanic poll: immigration far eclipsed by economy - 01/15/09

A new Pew Hispanic poll provides some evidence that immigration issues aren't as vital an issue to Latinos as hacks try to tell us. The summary and PDF with the full results is here. Here are the percentages for "extremely important": 57%: The economy 51%: Education 45%: Healthcare 43%: National security 33%: The environment 31%: Immigration 20%: Energy policy Note that two surveys...

30% of Mexicans think U.S. was behind 9/11 attacks (second highest behind Turkey) - 09/18/08

A recent World Public Opinion survey (link) shows that 30% of Mexicans think the United States was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the second highest percentage in the entire survey, just behind Turkey at 36%. 33% said it was al Qaeda, 1% Israel, and 37% were Other or Don't Know. See also the Zogby poll in which 58% of Mexicans said that the U.S. Southwest rightfully belongs to Mexico....

55 percent of Mexican-Americans consider themselves Mexicans first - 04/27/06

I don't have an original link for this, but according to "The menace of multiculturalism": A poll for the Pew Hispanic Center finds that 55 percent of Americans of Mexican descent consider themselves Mexicans first. A similar study of Muslim immigrants in Los Angeles finds that only 10 percent think of themselves as Americans rather than citizens of the countries they abandoned for new lives here...

How out of touch is Morton Kondracke? - 01/10/06

... discussed in "FAIR Responds to Sham Immigration Poll" and Immigration "news" from the Wall Street Journal. And, he ends with this: Doing the right thing is win-win for Republicans, if only Bush can convince Sean Hannity. Hannity might be an idiot, but I'm sure he isn't stupid. I'm sure he doesn't want to be reduced to being the night jock on a Fargo Oldies station. Perhaps Bush should learn...

Gallup poll: 49% want immigration decreased - 07/22/04

Here's the main findings of a new Gallup poll (gallup.com/content/default.aspx?ci=12439): only 14% of Americans wanting to see immigration increased; another 33% want it kept at the present level while 49% want it decreased. In a more detailed question: Gallup asked respondents to rate the impact immigrants have on six different aspects of life in the United States. In all but one dimension, more...