In U.S., 6 in 10 Dissatisfied With Immigration Levels

Andrew Dugan, Gallup, January 29, 2015

As congressional Republicans weigh whether to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for his executive actions on immigration, 60% of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the level of immigration into the country today. This is an increase of six percentage points from 2014, but is comfortably lower than the 2008 high of 72%. By contrast, one-third of Americans are satisfied with current levels of immigration.


Importantly, this survey question does not distinguish between legal and illegal immigration. {snip}

Nearly Two in Five Want Less Immigration

In a follow-up question that queried Americans who are dissatisfied with the current levels of immigration, the majority–39% of U.S. adults in total–said they would like to see the level of immigration decrease. This ranks among the lowest level of Americans who are dissatisfied and express a desire for less immigration since Gallup began asking the question in 2001, even if it is nominally higher than last year’s 35%. The share of Americans who are dissatisfied and want more immigration (7%) was unchanged from 2014.

Fourteen percent of Americans said they were dissatisfied with the current level of immigration in the country, but did not express a specific preference for either increasing or decreasing it.

Republicans Most Dissatisfied With Level of Immigration

More than four out of every five self-identified Republicans say they are dissatisfied with the current level of immigration (84%), a figure that towers above the number of independents (54%) or Democrats (44%) who feel similarly. Moreover, the number of GOP affiliates saying they are dissatisfied on this issue swelled by 19 percentage points compared with 2014–suggesting that the overall increase in public dissatisfaction with immigration levels is driven primarily by Republicans, perhaps in reaction to the president’s actions. However, even among Democrats, dissatisfaction increased by eight points this year.



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  • dd121

    Liberals never make any sense.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      At least their party gives them what they want. As this article shows, conservatives just get screwed by their leadership.

      • JohnEngelman

        The business community, which has always dominated the Republican Party, wants more immigrants so employers can lower wages and raise prices.

        • Usually Much Calmer

          You (or I) suggest it is just an accident that democrats are OK with what career politicians are (other) interest bound to pursue?

          Because I could agree with that.

      • Michael Robert Ryan

        Boy, ain’t that the truth. The Democratic party delivers the goods for its base, unlike the G.O.P.

        • Xerxes22

          That’s because the Democratic party, unlike the GOP, doesn’t despise its base and hold it in contempt.

          • Bryce Armstrong

            Well, they both despise the same people, its just the base that’s different.

          • Kenner

            Funny cuz true!

    • propagandaoftruth

      The wheel in the sky keeps turning. 60% is hard to ignore for long.

    • adplatt126

      Not liberals. Lefto-communists and liberals are unified on a number of issues, but the people often labeled liberal are hardly liberal in any sense of the word.

      • dd121

        The terms have changed over the years. We used to just call them communists.

        • cyrusthevirus

          In the UK the term liberal has long since been disabused–left wing or marxist turds is in general use !!Well in normal society anyway–the left are insane ,evil murderous orcs–or sometimes phenominally stupid who SOMETIMES grow out of it !!

        • Alucard_the_last

          JFK would be labeled a right-winger if he was in office today.

          • dd121

            JFK was the author of much of the “civil rights” laws of the 60s. Johnson didn’t lift a finger to get any of it passed until he became president. He called in a lot of political chits and got it passed almost immediately.

    • Realist

      ‘Liberals never make any sense.’
      Not only liberals are for more immigration.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      I agree with the liberal stance on most issues except the idea that hating whites and hating men is somehow an “end to racism” or represents “equality”. People seem to complain a lot about welfare towards the poor, but don’t look at welfare towards the rich or exploitative wages etc. If democrats weren’t so hostile towards white people and men I would definitely be a democrat all the way.

  • More than four out of every five self-identified Republicans say they are dissatisfied with the current level of immigration (84%), a figure that towers above the number of independents (54%) or Democrats (44%) who feel similarly.

    A Rush called today: “But Rush, I don’t think Scott Walker for President is a good idea, he’s weak on immigration.” Unfortunately, that caller was a Ted Cruz guy, who isn’t that much better. I was yelling at my car radio, “Rick Santorum, you (expletive) idiot! Or hope that Jeff Sessions gets in!”

    Point is, I think immigration is probably going to be the issue in Republican Presidential politics a year from now; the RINO establishment isn’t going to be successful in their attempt to sweep the issue under the rug.

    • adplatt126

      Rick Santorum and Jeff Sessions are right-wing hicks. I’d vote for Obama before I voted for either of those rubes. Jeff Sessions supported the illegal invasion of Iraq, doesn’t like people putting into their own bodies what they wish to put in their own bodies, is against equal marriage rights, is there any freedom he does like? Rick Santorum is even worse. These guys are scary. What, because they’re half-right on one issue that means they’re not dolts and pea-headed douches?

  • I hope the next Republican nominee realizes what his base really wants: Less immigrants. And Republicans have got to get out of the habit of thinking they can satisfy everybody; they can’t and shouldn’t try. Also they should stop trying to please the media and stop being concerned with what the establishment thinks. Take it for granted that if they are doing the right thing, the powers that be are going to hate them for it. That is one lesson they can learn from Obama, who never minded offending people who he knew were not going to vote for him anyway.

    • Bartek

      They don’t care.
      They figure if you bother voting they are your only option.
      Remember they have to please the big donors not the voters.

  • pcmustgo

    Yeah, dummies who don’t get more immigration = lower wages and more unemployment. Dummies who don’t get the connection. White liberals and “nice”, dumbed-down white mainstreamers who say things like “they’re so hard working”.

    • SentryattheGate

      Yes, and with ~82% of US population growth coming from immigrants and their kids, they want more immigration to get more of their families here! Economy be damned, they want the freebies, too dumb to understand that the parasites will kill the host!

  • Greg Thomas

    So how will the GOP respond? Double down on diversity outreach efforts to demonstrate they are not “racists.”

  • pcmustgo

    And how many people polled know the actual numbers? That there’s 1.5 million let in legally every year already? Probably very few.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Nearly Two in Five Want Less Immigration”

    Oh stop. Where was this poll taken? In a bodega in East (Spanish) Harlem?

    • Greg_Deane

      It’s strange that you are the first one to question the validity of this poll. It’s worrying the rest just accept the 39% figure as a given.

      • Drago Lord

        I don’t find it weird

        Only 62 % of USA is white, so I think that 39 % is 60 % of whites, which is a reasonable number given that 40 % of whites is still democrats

        • Greg_Deane

          Your 62% figure is rather rubbery for a start. Even so, it’s not only non-Hispanic whites who object to immigration. A lot of non-whites don’t want to share there good fortune with an influx of look-alikes.

    • adplatt126

      Well, I hate to break it to you, but increasingly, very large swathes of America look no different than the communities riddled with bodegas that line the streets in Spanish Harlem.

  • Greg Thomas

    The huge pink elephant in the room is staring the GOP in the face and they still refuse to recognize it exists. Amazing!

  • Luca

    One can only imagine the real numbers had they asked the important and appropriate follow-up questions regarding Illegal Immigration and border security. Through the roof and to the moon.

  • Sick of it

    “More than four out of every five self-identified Republicans say they
    are dissatisfied with the current level of immigration (84%), a figure that towers above the number of independents (54%) or Democrats (44%) who feel similarly. ”

    This includes legal immigration. It’s time for the proposition nation to dissolve, as we obviously do not see things the same way.

  • TruthBeTold

    The poll they love to tell is us ‘the majority of Americans support immigration reform’.

    Then they substitute immigration reform with the word amnesty and carry on the conversation as if the majority of Americans support immigration reform.

    Bait and switch.

  • Chip Carver

    Does anyone ever believe the eh, “results” polls like this provide anymore? Amongst White Americans it’s likely 80% are now fed up with immigration, with 60% who would at least say so in an honest poll, the other 20% still scared to speak their minds anonymously.

  • I’m 100% dissatisfied

  • ricpic

    I’ll bet Gallup bowed to pressure from TPTB not to ask the approve or disapprove of ILLEGAL immigration question. Which pretty much invalidates the poll.

    • evilsandmich

      Yeah my thought was that those numbers really aren’t very good for pro-invasion forces considering the extent to which it was no doubt rigged.

  • Garrett Brown

    These percentages aren’t accurate at all. Didn’t Fox just have a pool where 80% of Whites wanted to heavily reduce immigration?

    • adplatt126

      Yeah, whites. Unfortunately, whites are fast becoming a smaller and smaller fraction of the citizenry.

  • libertarian1234

    It’s just one more poll designed to get the right answers for the purpose of hopefully influencing public thought. In this case it’s to create the impression most people don’t mind unchecked immigration.

    They do the same thing with so-called “studies.”. In fact there are charlatans who advertise that, “Tell me what you want to promote and I’ll get a study to back it up.”

  • MartelsGhost

    So I’m guessing the other four people that were polled were all illegal immigrants?

  • kenfrombayside

    Re Immigration. If say or do nothing about this criminal third world invasion, you are part of the problem. Keep in contact with your elected reps; consistently go to the polls and vote against the true enemy of the white race: the Democratic Party; do yourgardening, don’t eat out and do your own laundry; go to numbersusa and join other organization that advocate a reduction in immigration. Make no mistake, this third world assault is a form of genocide against America’s white.

  • benvad

    The Dems/Repubs are definitely against white middle class And working class people, that there is no doubt.

    Leave the minorities and congregate away from the trouble or start warring. I really see no other choice because both groups are for sale. Tune out of media/sports and let them waste away.

    • adplatt126

      That’s just the start. Stop shopping at the businesses of those who support such policies (like diversity hirers) as well.

  • Viking_61

    The GOP has two choices, embrace more immigration and enjoy a quick death, or more of the same, 1+/- million new immigrants a year not including illegals and die a slow death.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    I think it is below 72% from 2008, because more non whites have flooded the country and more white people ae being brainwashed in liberal universities to accept the destruction of their race and country.

  • WR_the_realist

    Who are the insane people who think that 1.5 million immigrants, legal and illegal, each year is not enough? 7% of the general population and 99% of the elected politicians.

  • John Smith

    Sixty-one percent of Americans are dumbasses. We need less immigration to this country, as many of the legal immigrants are non-whites from third-world countries who are taking higher wage American jobs and changing the fundamental Eurocentric Anglo-Saxon culture of the country, which is largely responsible for its prosperity. Small doses can be absorbed, but not a million every year (and that’s the legal ones). Seven percent are profoundly stupid for wanting even more than that.

  • John Smith

    Those high IQ folks are often displacing Americans from STEM jobs at a lower cost and forcing wages down.

    • evilsandmich

      Those people can stay in their own country and improve it.

      • John Smith

        They’ll come and steal as many tech secrets as they can while building up a nice nest egg to go back and live off of and start a business.

  • Paul Franken

    I was reading the online edition of a NC paper from the town Jared Taylor was stopped from speaking (by force) at some years back. In the article, a woman with an ‘amish’ sounding name heading some local marxist organization was sputtering about making the town a ‘welcoming city’ for the illegal immigrant hordes. Every bookface comment was clearly opposed to illegal immigration – an interesting paradox.

  • Hammerheart

    This will pit blacks vs Mexicans on a larger scale. I’ve mentioned before that in the Los Angeles area, they really do not like each other. Mexicans have pushed many blacks eastward into the San Bernardino area. I don’t think many leftists are area of the urban dysfunction and unrest this will cause.

  • MooTieFighter

    The more anti-American illegals we get, the more votes we get for illegals. We’re cooked. America was a great country, but we gave it away. Politicians put power and money ahead of American citizens.

  • evilsandmich

    That’s one of the problems with a poll like this (if not THE problem) as “immigration” generically speaking means ten different things to ten different people. They should just ask “Do you want the country to be more crowded, and if so, would you like it to be more crowded with browns and blacks?”

  • Mark Caplan

    The Swiss put immigration to a referendum and the Swiss people voted to maintain high levels of immigration. Polls indicate that a majority of Americans also favor high levels of immigration. Has the majority gone insane? Is it something in the water? Have they looked at childhood vaccinations?

    • adplatt126

      The century-long indoctrination and shaming campaign has paid off. Moreover, we’ve reached a tipping point demographically. Whites just can’t uphold the resistance any longer. They’ve been conquered.

  • Greg Thomas

    The number would be 100% if they only took the time to read the 1965 Hart -Cellar act.

  • ElComadreja

    This country needs a twenty year moratorium on all immigration and a return to pre-Hart-Celler standards when it resumes.

  • Guest


  • Scott Walker has been a pretty good Governor of Wisconsin. But it’s like the old song goes: It don’t matter where you’ve played before, California’s a brand new game. IOW, Presidential and national politics are way different than state politics.

    If Scott Walker wins the nomination and makes it to November, he won’t win Wisconsin in November, the very same state where he won Governor twice and beat back an attempted recall once.

  • Alucard_the_last

    The phony republicans haven’t changed anything about this. Bush was just as bad as the communist in the White House. Figures the government cares about the 40% who want this INVATION.

  • Bartek

    “Democracy” is a joke.
    You got to pay to play, and only the oligarchs have any say.

  • archer

    I don’t believe most polls, they are trying to convince rather than report.

  • Rustler

    The situation in America is not looking good. The time to wake up was 20 years ago. If you compare the USA to Europe, they are where we were in the 60’s demographically.

    Why couldn’t the USA develop the kind of populist-nationalist movement that most European countries have?

    White Americans have really swallowed the kool-aid hard. The kool-aid being the false gods of the conservative and libertarian right.

    White conservatives are about to nominate another amnesty supporter for the white house. They just never learn.

  • Guest