More in U.S. Would Decrease Immigration Than Increase

Lydia Saad, Gallup, June 27, 2014

While illegal immigration typically dominates debates over immigration policy, the issue of legal immigration came to the forefront in the recent Virginia Republican primary when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was soundly defeated by Tea Party favorite Dave Brat. Brat highlighted Cantor’s support for expanding visas for skilled immigrants in his blistering charge that Cantor is soft on immigration. Brat’s case may have been a fairly easy one to make, as new Gallup polling finds fewer than one in four Americans favor increased immigration.

The small amount of Americans who favor increased immigration include just 14% of Republicans. In fact, more Americans think immigration should be decreased than increased, and by a nearly two-to-one margin, 41% vs. 22%. A third in the U.S. are satisfied with the level as it is.

Americans’ views on immigration have varied a bit in the past 15 years, with the dominant view shifting between decreasing immigration and maintaining it at the current level. Some of these changes may reflect the ebb and flow of Americans’ reactions to the 9/11 attacks in 2001 as well as rocketing unemployment in 2009, with both events triggering a temporary surge in anti-immigration sentiment.

However, the Gallup trend also chronicles a separate narrative: a steady increase in public support for increasing immigration, rising from 10% in 1999 to 21% in 2012 and 22% today.


The long-term rise in support for expanding immigration could reflect growing public sympathy for the argument made by some prominent business leaders that the current cap on the number of work visas granted to highly skilled foreign nationals each year–the so called H-1B visa program–needs to be raised. In 2013, Gallup found about three-quarters of Americans were in favor of expanding the number of short-term work visas for highly skilled workers as part of a comprehensive immigration reform package.


Since 2000, support for increased immigration rose 13 percentage points–from 17% to 30%–among adults with a postgraduate education, and it rose 19 points among those who stopped at an undergraduate degree. It grew comparatively less among those with only some college education (eight points) as well as those with no more than a high school education (four points).

Despite Americans’ resistance to increasing immigration, the great majority continue to view immigration in positive terms for the country, with 63% calling it a good thing. That is down from 2013’s high of 72%, but still exceeding the sub-60% readings found during the recent recession and, before that, in the wake of 9/11.


This upbeat view of immigration is held by 72% of Democrats, 63% of independents, and 55% of Republicans.



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  • This is why poll-a-ganda which shows supposedly broad support for amnesty and open borders should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Pollster asks schmuck: “Do you support comprehensive immigration reform?”

    Schmuck thinks to him or herself: “That must mean deporting the illegals, building a real border wall, stringing up bosses that hire illegals, reducing legal immigration numbers.”

    Schmuck answers: “Yes.”

    Poll pronounces: “85% of people want ‘comprehensive immigration reform,’ which means it’s cool to support amnesty.”

    Polling company cashes a big fat check from the Chamber Pot of Commerce.

    • Whitetrashgang

      True, but it also shows 2 thirds of people are stupid and or low information voters. Save me Jebus save me.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      You mean a big fat check from me.

      • propagandaoftruth

        Brown slaves work harder and complain less.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Most of these so called polls are fraudulent, and an attempt by hostile alien elites to “manufacture consent” where no such consent exists. I most definitely do not know any whites who favor more immigration into the land, especially non-white immigration of any kind.

  • Truth Teller

    Why not ask all this year’s White male STEM grads and their parents who find that even a STEM degree won’t help with employers who will hire nothing but indian and asian immigrants?

    • JohnEngelman

      Increasingly science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers move around the country for contracts that may last no longer than three months, and seldom last longer than a year. They may pay as little as $25 without benefits.

      • Can you site a source, because that’s worse than I thought.

        • JohnEngelman

          I know from personal experience. This article that appeared on American Renaissance collaborates what I know.


          While employers argue that there are not enough workers with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees, a new analysis of government data by the Center for Immigration Studies finds no evidence that a general shortage of such workers exists. Consistent with most research on the subject, the findings show that the country has more than twice as many people with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. Also consistent with most other research on the subject, we find only modest levels of wage growth for such workers for more than a decade. Also consistent with most other research on the subject, we find only modest levels of wage growth for such workers for more than a decade.

      • LHathaway

        They’re named ‘consultants’ I believe.

        • Chip Carver

          It’s doubtful that someone who has been in school for the better part of three decades has much if any personal experience in being gainfully employed. Yes, whites are being shuttled into the consultant category in order to keep profits high and an alien ruled US Government happy.

      • IstvanIN

        So that the poor souls can not settle down and begin a family.

    • Real Genius

      They waste time and money hiring Asians who cant do the job right, only to rehire whites to do the job again. I see it again and again but these liberal employers never learn.

      • Chip Carver

        They only thing they’ve learned is that keeping their cubicles stacked with non-whites keep Uncle Sam giving them nice tax breaks and approving nods.

  • So, as the number of immigrants increases support for increasing immigration grows? Hmmm. Why would that be?

    • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

      Raw ethnocentrism. The general rule is that every non-white wants more of its own kind. Whites also want more of their own. That’s why mass multicultural/multi-ethnic immigration is a formula for ever-increasing conflict.

      • Anna Tree

        Whites should want more of their own. Sadly, many don’t or are not ethnocentrist…

        • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

          You’re right. Whites are the least ethnocentric of any racial group. It allowed them to build great civilizations based on universalist principles. Now that “strength” — in an age of easy travel and communications — has become a profound vulnerability.

        • benvad

          Their ideal is to get non whites to think & behave like they do, like its a Beatles tune in imaginary land. In the end, they find out that each protects it’s own and they’re left out in the cold.

          We just won’t see the light until the end.

          • Anna Tree

            Yes, seems the whites are the only race who don’t know about the “Prisoner’s Dilemma”! They cooperate! But all the other groups don’t. Check that game theory: sadly we are losing, they are winning.

            Many whites believe in this lalaland, it is really like a religion and their blind faith cannot be refuted rationally. So indeed many won’t see the light, but I think some, more and more, do and they will be the ancestors of the future white race.

  • 4321realist

    “But there has been a slow increase in the number of people who want more immigration.”

    Yes, that’s true. They’re called nit wits and morons, and all of them hate themselves even worse than they hate the Boy Scouts who they think are Nazis.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Unless this person is an elitist who lives in an exclusively white gated community, anyone who wants more third world immigration or thinks that third world immigration is a good thing must have an IQ below 90.

  • antiquesunlight

    I’m trying to be optimistic. I think the current border crisis is opening some eyes. And I was just having a debate on Facebook about immigration with two ultra-liberal friends. They could not contend with my clear, logical arguments. I pray that they are honest enough to reconsider their positions and take a second look at our immigration policy.

    • IstvanIN

      It isn’t a crisis, it is an invasion, it is just that our government has decided to not only surrender without a fight but to actually assist the invaders.

  • Reverend Bacon

    “There’s been a slow increase in those who want more immigration.”

    That increase come from those who sneaked in before, and their evil spawn.

  • kikz2

    sez the mainstream propaganda machine……. bs.

  • Anna Tree

    Great job! I hope your message does find some listening ears.

    Did someone ever message you back?

  • What? Americans are angry about having their jobs, language, culture, land, ideology ect, stolen from them? Why? It’s because Americans are racist!