Dissatisfaction With U.S. Immigration Level Rises to 58%

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly six in 10 Americans, 58%, are dissatisfied with the level of immigration into the U.S. today, while 34% are satisfied. This marks an eight-percentage-point increase in dissatisfaction since last year and a return to the 2019-2020 range.

The 58% dissatisfied includes 35% of all Americans who would prefer that immigration be decreased, 9% increased, and 14% who want levels kept the same. Last year, those dissatisfied were about equally as likely to favor an increase as a decrease, but now the predominant view among the dissatisfied is for less immigration. The proportion who want less immigration has nearly doubled from 19% in 2021 and is well above where it was in 2019 (23%) and 2020 (25%). At the same time, calls for more immigration into the country have dropped.

These latest data are from Gallup’s Jan. 3-16 Mood of the Nation poll, which has tracked this immigration measure since 2001, with the exception of 2009 through 2011. In his first year in office, President Joe Biden reversed some of his predecessor Donald Trump’s measures limiting immigration into the U.S., but Biden’s attempts at getting significant immigration reform legislation through Congress have failed.

Additionally, Biden has drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle for his border policy, and his approval ratings for handling immigration have been more negative than positive, with declining approval from Democrats.

Republicans’ Dissatisfaction With U.S. Immigration Level at Highest Point

Record-high dissatisfaction among Republicans is largely driving the overall rise in dissatisfaction with immigration levels in the U.S. Since last year, spanning the change from the Trump to the Biden administration, Republicans’ dissatisfaction has grown from 55% to 87%. The current figure is three points above the previous high recorded in 2015, the last time a Democrat occupied the White House.

In the past year, independents’ dissatisfaction has risen six points to 55%; however, it remains much lower than the 72% peak for this group in 2007 and 2008.

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