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.


Filed under: Immigration
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    We will be judged by how we treat the lowliest among us...

    hmmm... the war on immigrants, if the war on drugs doesn't work, how is the war on immigration going to work?

    Give all immigrants Social Security numbers (cheap to do) require them to pay taxes through working legally. Anyone employer caught employing someone illegally should be shut down until in full compliance. Problem solved, 15+ million illegal immigrants working legally and paying taxes like the rest of us.

    October 22, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Tim Gaythner

    Obama's solution? Make them all legal of course!

    October 22, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Ashley Robinson

    Yes, I would like to see a decrease in illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants are the ones taking over our job markets for little pay. We are known as the "Land of the Free", so in general immigrants that are properly accessed over here do not make much of a difference to me. Therefore, a decrease in illegal immigrants will cost less problems and assure more jobs for the people of the United States of America.

    October 22, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Tom

    Why is this government so afraid of stopping the illegals who are a prime resource of ruin in our economy and neighborhoods?

    October 22, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. unknown

    The immigrants should not be deported. They are the ones working hard and in some way they are helping the economy be better. I dont think a American will go to do the kind of jobs they do. All Americans have the opportunity to be professionals and the immmigrants dont.

    October 22, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. voice of reason

    the funny thing is, if a republican tries to use this pole as proof that people want illegals decreased in this country, itll be considered racism

    October 22, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. annie s

    Well, duh.

    October 22, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Melissa

    I'm surprised its only 3 out of 4.

    October 22, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. AXH

    Correction, support to deport all illegal aliens is not just among the older Americans living in rural areas. People in large cities what this as well and not just the older folks!

    Illegals need to be sent back to their home countries, period.

    October 22, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. VernisRobertson

    This man is the Devil, start war with the whole country while hides in a bunker and count his oil money , he is the reason why this country is in this situation . He is a crazy evil nut , that hates anything good.

    October 22, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. gt

    for the LAST 10YRS,,, HELLO....these gutless politicans are going to do anything,,, they are sell outs to the american voter,,, its pathedic,,,

    October 22, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Excuse me...I don't want to decrease it I want to END It...get rid of these parasites please!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Black Viper

    Instead of sitting there blaming Illegal immigrants for your unemployment or misery, learn how to turn a problem to an opportunity.
    To have a successfull life on earth you always have to learn to turn problems to big opportunities by thinking outside the box and not to point fingers or spew hate.
    Success belong to fighters not whinners and lazies.
    Human beings have a brain for a reason.
    Ask yourself why most rich people in the world never finish school because they learned how to transform a weakness into a strengh.

    October 22, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Pete

    How much money do you think it would actually cost to round up 20 million people? What safeguards would be in place to make sure you didn't deport actual American citizens? Absolutely NO good would come from this.

    October 22, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. Denroy3

    We knew that already. It's the pols and their money men who want more cheap labor. It lines all their pockets at the expense of the taxpayer and the country. Don't worry California, I'm sure you can afford more, just leave the rest of us out of it when the tax bill comes due.

    October 22, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Tony

    Crack down on illegal immigration and widen the pipeline for legal immigration. This is better for America, Americans, and immigrants.

    Illegal immigrants should be prosecuted, I believe it's a misdemeanor so they would incur a fine rather than jail time. The process could be easily streamlined. The illegal immigrants who have criminal records, aside from immigrating illegally, should be deported. The ones who don't have criminal records should be either given some path to citizenship or allowed to apply for work visas. There's no point in having them remain illegal.

    And MASSIVE fines need to be imposed on businesses that hire illegal immigrants. These businesses are enablers.

    October 22, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Phil

    Majority of the people in this country are illegal immagrants. This is no different on how this country was originally taken. And now those people are the poorest people in this country. There are so misconseptions about Native Indian"s, it's hard to believe how many non-Indians still believe that we get a monthly check for being Indian. It wasn't that long ago while on a trip to Houston that I was asked if we still lived in tipi's. It's sad to say but there are so many Indian's that are product of the U.S. govt, which is the majority of the Native Indian's. It sounds like the majority of people taking this pole are hypocrites.

    October 22, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. vic nashville , Tn

    Last Monday on Campbell Brown blog many of them saying they want Serif Joe Arpaio their town

    I understand their frustration but if you deport all the illegal immigrants many town will become ghost town cites will loss revenue (property tax in the form of rent, sales tax) many cities struggling to run the schools now
    Nearly 100 years we used the illegal immigrants now we don’t need them !!!!!!!

    We have to find a middle ground solve this problems

    October 22, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. SLM

    A law is a law. I didn't know it was a choice which laws were to be enforced and which laws are to be ignored. We are tired of illegals taking over our country. Their expense to tax payers well exceeds any so called benefit they provide. Our schools are over flowing, hospital emergency rooms, jails all at our expense and we are flat broke from the heavy financial burden they are costing us.

    October 22, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Otto

    Let's hope they take their grandparents and leave as well. Since all people living in the US except Americans Indians are or of immigrants; I guess we should all leave.

    Give the Indians back their country and we should return to Europe, Africa or Asia. This is a stupid poll in and of itself.

    October 22, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. aj

    it is about time people woke up!!!

    October 22, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Carnell From Detroit, MI USA

    Oh Please! Doesn't HypocriCNN And The Bionic Bigot Lou Dobb...Dobb...Dobbs Have Any Thing Better To Do Than To Blame All Their Problems On Illegal Immigration. Does Lou Dobbs Pick With Anybody Besides Hispanics?

    October 22, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. Rose

    I agree that Illegals should be reduced big time. They are draining this country in too many ways. Taking jobs American citizens would be willing to do, providing them with FREE health care and the prisons are going broke taking care of them. Why do we have to learn their language, they need to learn English. I resent the fact that I still have to press 1 for English. They have already changed the way we do business in this country, they make demands they have no right to make. Send them all back where they came from.

    October 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. felicia

    What it is is that they want illegal immigrants in this country to vote republican. These people know exactly what they are doing.

    October 22, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. New Yorker

    And soon 1 out of 4 will be illegal immigrants. Good for the liberals; adds to their voter base.

    October 22, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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