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Politics

Most Americans Support Legalization For Undocumented Immigrants

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, 72 percent of Americans believe undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States legally if they meet certain requirements.

Though that statistic is split on partisan lines, 56 percent of Republicans said undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States legally and 80 percent of Democrats agreed. 

Of the 72 percent, 42 percent say they should be allowed to apply for citizenship, while 26 percent would allow for permanent residence. A slim majority, 51 percent, down from 57 percent last year.

Of the 2,002 people surveyed, there were differing opinions on legal immigration - 39 percent said  immigration should stay at current levels, while 31 percent say it should be decreased and 24 percent want more.

Despite the broad public support for immigration, a survey in May concluded just 37 percent of people support how President Barack Obama has handled immigration although he had cleared the path to legalization for thousands of people. 

Age was also a factor in how undocumented immigrants were viewed and younger Americans typically had a higher opinion of them. Overall, 64 percent of respondents between the ages of 18-29 and 60 percent of those 30-49 say that immigrants strengthen the country because of their “hard work and talents.” 

Sources: Politico, Pew Research Center Image via Elvert Barnes/Flickr