Fox News Poll: Majority Says Legal Immigration Should Be Reduced

Dana Blanton, Fox News, April 23, 2013

While most voters favor citizenship for illegal immigrants who meet certain requirements, there is widespread agreement that new border security should come first.

In addition, more than half say we should cut the number of legal immigrants allowed into the United States.

A just-released Fox News poll finds 55 percent of voters think fewer legal immigrants should be accepted into the U.S.  That’s up from 43 percent in 2010.

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Overall, 28 percent of voters say the U.S. should increase legal immigration.

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By a 78-21 percent margin, voters favor allowing immigrants in the U.S. illegally to become citizens after they meet requirements such as passing a background check.  Support for a pathway to citizenship has increased slightly since February. At that time it was 72-25 percent.

Non-whites (88 percent), Democrats (87 percent) and those under age 35 (84 percent) are among those most likely to favor offering a pathway to citizenship.

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