Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Democrats Say Immigrants Grow the Economy, Republicans are Skeptical

Democrats Say Immigrants Grow the Economy, Republicans are Skeptical:
According to the latest

Reason-Rupe poll
, a majority of Democrats (51 percent) say
immigrants help grow the US economy, whereas a majority of
Republicans (53 percent) say immigrants harm the economy;
Independents are evenly divided. Republicans are also more likely
to say immigrants take jobs from native-born Americans (67
percent), 56 percent of Independents agree, compared to 42 percent
of Democrats.
Not surprisingly, far more Democrats favor legal residency and
path to citizenship (66 percent) for unauthorized immigrants than
Republicans (41 percent). Independents side with Democrats in favor
or residency and a citizenship pathway (55 percent).
Interestingly, Democrats and Republicans are equally supportive
of maintaining the status quo for high-skilled and low-skilled visa
annually distributed. In fact, neither Democrats nor Republicans
reach a majority in favor of raising visa caps for high-skilled or
low-skilled workers. This is surprising because Democrats support
reform for unauthorized immigrants, but are less willing to support
more open immigration policy for future immigrants who seek to
enter the country legally.
Republicans who believe immigrants strengthen the economy are
actually slightly more willing than like-minded Democrats to raise
the cap on high-skilled visas (66 percent to 55 percent). Roughly
half of both groups favor raising the cap for low-skilled
visas.
Americans Who Agree On Immigration’s Benefits Support
Reform

After controlling for
perceptions of immigration’s economic impact, partisanship’s
influence on policy preferences diminishes substantially. If
partisans assume immigrants strengthen the economy, strong
majorities of both Republicans and Democrats support legal
residency and a path to citizenship for unauthorized workers. In
contrast, equal numbers (and pluralities) of Republicans and
Democrats favor deportation if they say immigrants harm the
economy.
Read the full report here: Reason-Rupe Feb
2013 Full Immigration Findings

Nationwide telephone poll conducted February 21-25 2013
interviewed 1002 adults on both mobile (502) and landline (500)
phones, with a margin of error +/- 3.8%. Columns may not add up to
100% due to rounding. Full poll results
found 
here. Full
methodology can be found 
hereA
full analysis of the poll’s immigration results can be found

here.