State of the Union 2014: Where Americans stand on key issues
A summary of where Americans stand on ten key issues likely to come up in President Obama’s State of the Union address.
Deportation Relief Outweighs Pathway to Citizenship
While Hispanics and Asian Americans overwhelmingly approve of creating a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, they also say relief from the threat of deportation is more important.
More Latinos Say Illegal Immigration’s Effect on the U.S. Latino Community is Positive
Hispanics’ views of the impact of unauthorized immigration on the U.S. Hispanic community have grown more positive since 2010, according to a new nationwide survey of 5,103 Hispanic adults by the Pew Research Center.
Tea Party Republicans believe legal status would reward undocumented immigrants
More than eight-in-ten Tea Party Republicans say granting legal status to undocumented immigrants would reward illegal behavior.
5 Facts about Republicans and immigration
The immigration bill approved by the Senate now goes to the Republican-controlled House. Here’s a look at public opinion among Republicans on the issues involved.
Most Americans agree on immigration-reform approach, but differ on timing
Three-quarters of Americans believe any legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for legal status also should provide for increased border security.
Border Security Timing a Dividing Line in Immigration Debate
While the public broadly supports a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, it is divided over one of the most contentious issues in Congress – whether border security must be achieved before the process of legalization can go forward.
Half of Americans who are knowledgeable about immigration bill support it
People who are relatively knowledgeable about the immigration bill favor the legislation by 50% to 33%.
Most Say Immigration Policy Needs Overhaul
While 73% say there should be a way for illegal immigrants already in the U.S. who meet certain requirements to stay, fewer than half (44%) favor allowing those here illegally to apply for U.S. citizenship and 25% think permanent legal status is more appropriate.
Public Undecided On New Immigration Bill
Much of the public has yet to form an opinion about the immigration bill and most Americans do not think the bill would have a major impact on the nation’s economy or security. Overall, the debate over immigration policy has drawn little public attention.