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Thu Jun 4, 2015, 09:31 AM

Poor GOP - Latest Pew Poll: Broad Public Support for Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants

About half (51%) say immigrants today strengthen the country because of their hard work and talents, while 41% say immigrants are a burden because they take jobs, housing and health care. The share saying that immigrants strengthen the country has declined six percentage points since last year.

A majority of Republicans (56%) support a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. At the same time, far more Republicans say immigrants are a burden on the country (63%) than say they strengthen the country (27%).

Among Democrats and independents majorities of whom also support a path to legal status for people in the U.S. illegally most say immigrants strengthen the country (62% of Democrats, 57% of independents).

Among Republicans, 42% think legal immigration into the U.S. should be decreased, compared with 34% who think it should be kept at its present level and just 21% say it should be increased. Fewer Democrats (27%) and independents (28%) think legal immigration should be decreased, with pluralities of both groups saying it should be kept at present levels.

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43% of republicans still oppose any legal status for undocumented immigrants. Apparently, Mitt's 'self-deportation' ideas still lives in conservative circles.

56% of republicans support a path to legal status for them. 86% of liberal Democrats support legal status with 58% of them supporting a path to citizenship.

Also, as many expected, republicans are moving from their concentration on opposing "illegal immigration" to opposing all immigration viewing legal immigrants as a burden rather than a strength by a 63%-27% margin. Democrats and independents view immigrants as strengths by almost exactly the same margins.

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