Rasmussen Reports Weekly Immigration Index

The Rasmussen Reports Immigration Index for the week of August 2-6, 2020 inched up to 103.2 from 102.3 the week before.

The Index is based on a series of questions designed to determine whether voters are moving toward an immigration system that encourages more immigration to the United States or a one that reduces the level of immigration here. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

All surveys are compared to a baseline – set the week of December 2-6, 2019 – which has been given an Index of 100. A weekly finding moving up over 100 indicates growing support for a more expansive immigration system. A weekly index number falling below 100 indicates increased support for a more restrictive immigration system.

In the latest survey, 37% of Likely U.S. Voters feel the government is doing too little to reduce illegal border crossings and visitor overstays. Thirty-two percent (32%) say the government is doing too much. Twenty-one percent (21%) rate the level of action as about right.

Sixty-one percent (61%) continue to believe the government should mandate employers to use the federal electronic E-Verify system to help ensure that they hire only legal workers for U.S. jobs. Twenty-two percent (22%) disagree, with 16% undecided.

A federal court recently upheld the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program meaning that new applicants will be accepted for the first time in three years. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters favor giving lifetime work permits to most of the approximately two million illegal residents who came to this country when they were minors, with 35% who Strongly Favor it. Thirty-three percent (33%) remain opposed, including 17% who are Strongly Opposed.

Forty-four percent (44%) also favor giving lifetime work permits to most of the estimated 12 million illegal residents of all ages who currently reside in the United States, including 23% who Strongly Favor it. Forty-seven percent (47%) are opposed, with 27% who are Strongly Opposed.

By RASMUSSEN REPORTS
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