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Press Release, February 1996.
New Roper Poll Reflects Strong
Washington) —By overwhelming margins, Americans say it's time to cut back immigration, according to a new Roper poll. "There's new evidence that immigration is now more likely than ever to become a major presidential campaign issue," says Sharon McCloe Stein, NPG's Washington Director. "The poll's strength and intensity suggest that tightening immigration could easily be a major issue in the upcoming race."
The poll sampled 1,978 persons from across the country. It was conducted for Negative Population Growth, Inc., NPG, a national public interest organization.
The face to face survey asked a variety of
immigration-related population questions. Here are the main results:
Most want even larger cuts. A majority favors fewer than 100,000 overall new immigrants a year. A total of 54 percent say annual immigration should be less than 100,000. Twenty percent support no immigration at all —zero.
Trends correlate to income/education. Those most likely to face job competition from immigrants want the lowest levels of immigration possible. Higher than average support for zero immigration was expressed by those with less than a high school degree (29%) and those with household incomes below $15,000 (26%).
A large majority (75 percent) supports strong laws to identify and deport illegal aliens. Only 10 percent disagrees with strict laws against the removal of illegal aliens.
The strongest supporters of tough measures against illegal aliens are self-styled political moderates (78 percent), strongly religious (76 percent), whites (77 percent), Protestants (82 percent), and Midwesterners (85 percent).
Support for tough laws against illegal aliens is supported by:
Most Americans also support population stabilization by the year 2050.
"The evidence is overwhelmingly clear," says
Sharon McCloe Stein, "it's time for Congress to cut immigration by two-thirds or
more. This is an issue on which a national consensus has emerged: America is
ready to cutback drastically on immigration," she said. NPG calls for Congress
to pass, with strengthening amendments to reduce numbers further, comprehensive
immigration reform bills now pending in Congress.
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