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Poll: Americans still favor immigration reform, path to citizenship

Nov. 25, 2013 at 7:41 AM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Most Americans said they favor allowing illegal immigrants living in the United States a path to citizenship, the Public Religion Research Institute said.

Sixty-three percent said they favored providing a path to citizenship with certain requirements to undocumented workers already in the United States while 14 percent said they favored allowing illegal immigrants living in the United States to become legal residents but not citizens, results of a poll released Monday indicated.

Eighteen percent said they favored a policy that would identify and deport all illegal immigrants, results showed.

Public Religion Research Institute, a non-partisan non-profit based in Washington, said support for a path to citizenship was unchanged from polls taken in March and August 2013 in which 63 percent said they supported a path to citizenship for immigrants currently living in the United States illegally, provided they met certain conditions.

Roughly six in 10 Republicans and independents, and about seven in 10 Democrats said they favor a path to citizenship for immigrants currently living in the United States illegally, results indicated.

Also saying they favored a path to citizenship for undocumented workers already in the United States were majorities of white evangelical Protestants, 55 percent; white mainstream Protestants, 60 percent; Catholics, 62 percent; minority Protestants, 69 percent, and the religiously unaffiliated, 64 percent, results indicated.

The survey was designed and conducted by Public Religion Research Institute.

Results are based on Spanish and English nationwide telephone interviews of 1,005 adults conducted Nov. 6-10. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.

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