October 22nd, 2009
08:23 AM ET
10 years ago

CNN Poll: 3 out of 4 want illegal immigration decreased

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that nearly three-quarters of all Americans would like to see a decrease in the number of illegal immigrants in the country.

Seventy-three percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday morning called for a drop in the number of illegal immigrants, with 22 percent saying the number should remain the same and just 3 percent stating that there should be an increase in the number of illegal immigrants. That 73 percent figure is the highest number since CNN started asking this question four years ago.

According to the poll, 37 percent want to see all illegal immigrants deported, also the highest number since the questions was first asked in 2006, and another 23 percent say that the number of illegal immigrants in the country should be decreased significantly.

"Support for deporting all illegal immigrants is highest among older Americans and people who live in rural areas. It's highest in the South and Midwest and nearly as high in the Northeast, but only one in four Westerners think that all illegal immigrants should be deported," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 16-18, with 1,038 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Eddie

    Here we go blaming illegal immigrants for everything. Nevermind that US businesses routinely exploit immigrant labor every single day.

    October 22, 2009 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. Adrienne

    This is NOT an ethnic issue; it is an economic one. We (the middle class which supports this country & economy) simply cannot afford the tremendous drain on funds for social services, schools, medical care, etc. It's all about the numbers. It's not rocket science.

    October 22, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. A.B.

    Despite the fact that the majority of Americans want illegal immigration reduced and undocumented immigrants deported, the U.S. government is not going to undertake an expensive and arduous mass deportation operation because the majority of Americans will not support it and the business community will balk at such an undertaking. This country has always been and is still dependent on free and cheap labor. The illegal and legal immigrants are doing jobs that most Americans will not do. Businesses cannot or will not raise wages to attract American workers to those undesirable jobs. Mass deportations would lead to higher labor costs, especially in the agricultural sector, which would get passed on to American consumers in the form of higher product and service prices.

    October 22, 2009 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    We are a nation of immigrants, a melting pot, but some seem to have a problem understanding the term illegal immigrant. That is an individual that has enyered the nation illegally, they have broken the law, they are in fact crimminals regardless of the reason they entered our nation illegally. Those that prey upon and hire illegals are themselves crimminals having broken federal labor laws. Illegals should be deported and those that knowingly hire and prey upon illegals should be jailed.

    October 22, 2009 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  5. Jeffery Meaux, Sr.

    It is very costly to the taxpayers to provide social services to illegal immigrants, if the Constitution of the United States states that we must provide social services to them, then they should be deported.

    October 22, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. mj

    Well duh, it's "illegal".

    October 22, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  7. Jay1975

    The 1 out 0f 4 is either a liberal politician, here illegally or makes money off of illegal labor.

    October 22, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    This is about as idiotic as polling people in whether or not they want an increase in violent crime. No one I know wants to see an increase in illegals here: its a question of how to solve the problem. The folks who are attending the Teabagger rallies, who are taking it upon themselves to go looking for illegals without legal authority are also the ones who want us to spend billions on fences and to redeploy troops to the border. Either we create a guest worker program that allows people to work her legally, pay taxes, etc, or we continue nibbling away at the problem.

    October 22, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  9. ran

    Need to stop the" if born on US soil automatic citizenship" because each person born you have 2 illegals(mom and dad). Needs to be one parent must already be a US citizen.

    Any employer caught with illegal workers pay a $100,000.00 and 1 yr. in jail. for each worker.

    Demand some form of picture identification before any services are giving ( school, health care, etc.)

    Illegals is just like for profit health insurance it is all about the money.

    October 22, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  10. John D.

    This is a true Poll. What will Congress and Obama do with it. The majority of the people say we have an immigration problem. They are not saying we need to give them amnesty like the Dems want. They are saying we need to send them back home. They are a burden to every legal citizen in the country. Get them out of the Country. If they want to come in, make them go through the same system every other immigrant had to go through. Learn English and swear alligence.
    NOTHING short of this will do...................................

    October 22, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  11. Milo Ippolito

    If you deported Lou Dobbs, your polls would likely show a dramatic improvement in public perception of immigrants. No one has done more to plant seeds of hatred against Latinos than Mr. Independent.

    October 22, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  12. Mark from Louisiana

    The illegal immigrants are taking jobs, costing us billions of dollars in unpaid health care, and lord help you if you get into a car accident with them. Deport them all, let them get in line with the people from all over the world who want to legally come to our country.

    I have a friend from Canada who would like to move here, he has funds to start his own business, support himself and his family and after three years is no closer to his dream, but he waits his turn in line to come here. The hispanics should have to follow the same rules.

    And don't spout the old line that they do jobs Americans won't do. With 10% unemployment I think any job offered will be taken.

    October 22, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. Cindy

    Obama, the teleprompter president won’t push to pass a comprehensive immigration reform until after the 2010 election, the tax evading Democratic Party needs the votes and spin to make themselves “look” good.

    October 22, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  14. Just Say No to Socialism

    Wont happen in this administration. They are too busy growing government and spreading the wealth, and that includes among illegals

    October 22, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  15. Monica Nagle

    If they have jobs here, they should be able to stay her on a work visa. If not, then they should be deported. We taxpayers should not be shouldering the burden of paying for social services (education, health care, etc.) for illegal aliens!

    October 22, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Hopefully this will send a message to uber-liberal Obama that 'comprehensive immigration reform' means STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. How about using some of that stimulus money to pay a $500 bounty for each illegal turned in? Of the 12 million illegals at least 25% must hold jobs. 3 million X $500 each means 'creating' 3 million jobs for real Americans at a cost of only 1.5 billion. A tiny drop in the bucket of the $800 billion stimulus. The employers of the illegals would be forced to pay deportation costs.

    October 22, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. MJ

    No kidding!!!??? The people have spoken.

    October 22, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  18. Unemployed in IOWA

    Democrates DONT WANT A DECREASE in illegals, because they will lose their support. Democrates and Obama are CORRUPT and full of LIES that destroy the safety of the USA and destroys the American way of life for our children and grandchildren. The Democrates and some Republicans dont carer about you, they care about ONLY THEMSELVES. The government is corrupt and full of LIERS that do not support those who elected them. it is time to VOTE THEM ALL OUT.

    October 22, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  19. Lady Pilot

    I say deport them. Many people don't realize what illegal immigrants cost Americans. They don't pay taxes, medicare and etc., BUT they receive medical treatment and their children go to school, all of which are payed by those of us who work and pay taxes. It's bad enough for the working to pay for those who don't work, but now we're paying for those who are here illegally. Wake up people. Let's send them all back to their homelands.

    October 22, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  20. Steve - Dallas

    No one opposes LEGAL immigration.... illegal immigrants are not immigrants... they are trespassers. If someone broke into you house and then announced they were illegal family members... you would call the cops!

    If we need additional IMMIGRANTS

    October 22, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  21. turdburglar

    CNN Poll: 3 out of 4 want illegal immigration decreased

    – 1 in 4 polled are illegal immigrants

    October 22, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  22. Greg, MN

    I live not far from an extremely high concentration of immigrants because of packing plants. Most presumably legal, but no doubt some illegal. I have no problem with the people. I would just as soon send some of the Americans to lazy to work to Mexico as a trade. Since unemployment is hitting high #'s maybe we should cut down on all immigration. Perhaps $15/hour, health insurance, and some modest retirement benefits would be appealing to some Americans now.

    October 22, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  23. Steve - Dallas

    No one opposes LEGAL immigration.... illegal immigrants are not immigrants... they are trespassers. If someone broke into you house and then announced they were illegal family members... you would call the cops!

    If we need additional IMMIGRANTS then lets open Ellis Islands along the border and allow immigration in an order fashion.

    October 22, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  24. Grahame

    Good Plan except your grocery bill will go through the roof when the farmers can't get anybody to pick the produce they grow. Americans won't do it since they somehow think it's beneath their dignity and refuse to work for rock bottom wages anyway.

    So much for projecting your collective minds forward beyond the next 24 hours, or the next instalment of the price is right.

    October 22, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    The sudden influx of illegals for the last ten years has certainly changed the entire cultural aspect of the city I was raised in. Because the demographic has dynamically shifted language barriers, depressed wages, and reduced job opportunity have given us this extraordinarily robust economy (sic).
    What has been done cannot be undone. It was an inevitable consequence, and will produce its own ramifications. Everyone will adapt around each other, as we have done. But traffic was bad enough without adding to the problem.

    October 22, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
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