October 22nd, 2009
08:23 AM ET
13 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. Tim from Tampa

    Incredibly stupid commentary. People calling for a decrease, increase or keeping the same level of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. Please look up the definition of ILLEGAL! There should be ZERO illegal immigrants. They are illegal! The government has an Immigration Policy. Try following the rules. Obey the laws.

    October 22, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |

    Of course we do but politician, being the crooks they are, will NOT do anything about it because of the almighty vote! Sad that the illegals are ruining everything in this country.

    October 22, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. SEE

    No – the President is just very analytical, and wants to do the right thing, after evaluating all the REAL evidence (as opposed to acting on poorly vetted, and bogus reports, as was done by the previous Administration). Cheney is an instigator, trying to stimulate fear again, as usual. His time is over. He needs to keep quiet.

    October 22, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. gary

    You have Three hundred million people in your country and cnn baises this poll with big headlines on one thousand people surveyed by telephone. You have to be kidding.Talk about wanting to come up with an answer before asking the question,sounds more and more like fox news.

    October 22, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. jay

    Quick question–you are a citizen of this nation, and are concerned about swine flu. The government that you have been supporting through taxes, voting, etc, is giving out immunizations. YOu go stand in line with 3000 other people for 300 shots. Should and illegal immigrant get a shot, or should it be reseved for citizens first?

    October 22, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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