A new survey focusing on political issues from immigration to same-sex marriage has found that the majority of all 50 states support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently in the United States.
The data was compiled by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), who interviewed nearly 52,000 Americans on their beliefs on certain topics. Concerning the issue of illegal immigration, the PRRI surveys asked straightforward questions, in hopes to disprove any critics who blame vague questioning for skewing data in favor of or against illegal immigration. A few of the questions were stated as follows:
“Thinking about some issues in the country today... All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose ... allowing illegal immigrants brought to the US as children to gain legal resident status if they join the military or go to college?”
“Which statement comes closest to your view about how the immigration system should deal with immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. illegally? The immigration system should allow them a way to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, allow them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, or identify and deport them?”
Concerning the second question, all states in the Union support the first choice – allowing illegals a way to become citizens through requirements. Red states, such as Wyoming, voted in the affirmative with 52 percent support, while traditionally liberal states, like California, voted 63 percent for this position.
Traditionally red southern states (Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas) supported the idea, but remained in the low-to-mid 50 percent range. Traditionally blue states (California, New York, Vermont, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Oregon) voted above 60 percent, with Delaware’s support the highest in the country, at 66 percent.
Here's a map that breaks down the survey statistics by state: