A new CNN/ORC poll shows an American electorate that rejects anti-immigrant extremism. The survey, conducted from Sept. 1-4, asked Americans about a number of immigration issues in the news this electoral season including legalization of undocumented immigrants and The Wall.
According to the poll, 58% of respondents oppose building a wall along the Mexican border. That is up from less than 50% a year ago. 74% said that they doubted that Mexico would ever pay for a border wall.
An even larger margin support immigration reform. Here is the question on legalization asked in the survey:
Now, thinking about how the U.S. government should treat illegal immigrants who have been in this country for a number of years, hold a job, speak English and are willing to pay any back taxes that they owe. Would you favor or oppose a bill that allowed those immigrants to stay in this country rather than being deported and eventually allow them to apply for U.S. citizenship?
88% favor legalization with a path to citizenship while only 11% oppose. Support for legalization is up 7% from a year ago. Legalization was favored by every demographic group surveyed. For example, 90% of non-white respondents favored legalization, but so did 87% of whites. A solid 84% of Republicans support a path to citizenship. Both women (90%) and men (87%) favor a legalization program.
The only demographic groups that support building the wall are Republicans (73%), Conservatives (67%), and White Evangelicals (83%).