October 17th, 2007
05:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Less than a third want all illegal immigrants out

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Most Americans would like to see fewer illegal immigrants in the country, but only three in 10 say all of them should be removed, a poll said Wednesday.

Just 7 percent of those polled said they would like to see the number of illegal immigrants increased; 22 percent said they would like the number remain the same; 16 percent wanted it decreased "a little"; and 22 percent wanted it decreased "a lot," the poll of 1,212 adult Americans found.

Blacks and whites differed over whether the number of illegal immigrants should be increased, with 14 percent of African-Americans saying they did, versus 3 percent of whites.

About one in five (19 percent) of blacks said they thought all illegal immigrants should be removed from the country, versus more than a third (35 percent) of whites who said that.

Blacks and whites overwhelmingly oppose state governments issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, with 76 percent of blacks and 83 percent of whites taking that stance, the poll said.

The races differed more on whether state and local police should turn over any illegal immigrants they may encounter, even if they have broken no state or local laws. In such cases, fewer than half of blacks (45 percent) and nearly two-thirds of whites (61 percent) said they believe they should.

Asked whether people who cannot read or write English should be allowed to vote, 54 percent of blacks said they should, versus 43 percent of whites.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated voting barriers such as a literacy test.

On a related topic, the public appeared split on foreign trade - 46 percent said they see trade more as an opportunity for economic growth, whereas 45 percent said they see it as a threat to the U.S. economy. Five percent said they see it as both an opportunity and a threat.

The telephone poll was carried out Friday through Sunday and had a sampling error of plus-or-minus 3.5 points.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. JB Boston MA

    This is the biggest waste of space. The title is simply an attempt to push an agenda.

    Of course people responding to a blanket statement of "get ALL illegal immigrants out" will respond negatively. However, the majority of people in this country want some illegals removed.

    The bottom line, EVERYONE wants the border to be secured.

    That should be step one.

    After that, we will deal with those in the country.

    October 18, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. John, Michigan

    People think they come for the American Dream and are honest and hard working.
    Why then do they reject "our" culture and "our" language? Why do they break the law?
    Being able to read and Write English is an alledged requirement for citizenship which is required to vote.

    October 18, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    The last time I commented on this subject I was censored. (God forbid I offend Ruport Murdoch.) I merely stated that if you had to climb a fence, crawl thru a tunnel, or hide in the back of a truck in order to get into this country then you don't belong here.

    October 18, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Paying for illegals Winchester VA

    Where was this poll conducted, in the tomato fields of California. Come to my city with a Grey Hound Bus and I bet there is no empty seat heading for Mexico.

    October 18, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Linda - Albany, NY

    Honestly, who does these polls? These polls are based on an average of what, 100 people surveyed? That hardly reflects an accurate report and amounts to utter garbage.

    October 18, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Fedup with Illegals winchester VA

    What a joke, Illegal is Illegal read the dictionary. This poll must have been conducted in the tomato fields of California. If you drove a Grey Hound Bus to our city, I bet you wouldn't have a empty seat taking them back to Mexico.

    October 18, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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