June 18, 2018 - Stop Taking The Kids, 66 Percent Of U.S. Voters Say, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Support For Dreamers Is 79 Percent Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters oppose 66 - 27 percent the policy of separating children and parents when families illegally cross the border into America, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

Republican voters support the separation policy 55 - 35 percent, the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group to support it, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University National Poll finds.

American voters also support 79 - 15 percent allowing immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, so-called "Dreamers," to remain and ultimately to apply for citizenship.

All listed groups support Dreamers, ranging from 61 - 28 percent among Republicans to 94 - 5 percent among Democrats.

Support for Dreamers has ranged from 77 percent to 81 percent in every Quinnipiac University National Poll conducted this year.

American voters oppose 58 - 39 percent building a wall along the border with Mexico. The only listed groups to support the wall are Republicans 77 - 17 percent and white voters with no college degree 52 - 44 percent.

The Trump Administration has been too aggressive in deporting illegal immigrants, 50 percent of voters say, as 13 percent say the administration has not been aggressive enough and 33 percent say the administration has been acting appropriately.

"When does public opinion become a demand that politicians just can't ignore? Two- thirds of American voters oppose the family separation policy at our borders," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Neither quotes from the Bible nor get-tough talk can soften the images of crying children nor reverse the pain so many Americans feel."

"And if you are a Dreamer, voters say, 'We have your back,'" Malloy added.

Illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. should be allowed to stay and eventually apply for citizenship, 67 percent of American voters say.

Another 8 percent say they should be allowed to stay, but not become citizens, and 19 percent say they should be forced to leave.

Among Republicans, 48 percent say illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay and apply for citizenship, while 9 percent say they should be allowed to stay, but not become citizens, and 36 percent say they should be forced to leave. All other listed groups support by wide margins a path to citizenship.

Legal immigration to the U.S. should be increased, 30 percent of American voters say, as 17 percent say it should be decreased and 49 percent say it should be kept the same.

From June l4 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 905 voters nationwide, with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points, including design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

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20. Do you support or oppose building a wall along the border with Mexico?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              39%    77%     9%    35%    41%    36%    37%    52%
Oppose               58     17     91     62     55     60     58     44
DK/NA                 4      6      1      3      4      3      5      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              22%    42%    42%    44%    46%    43%    44%    13%    30%
Oppose               73     55     54     53     50     53     51     87     66
DK/NA                 4      4      4      3      4      5      4      -      4
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose building a wall along the border with Mexico?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Jun 18, 2018         39      58       4
Apr 11, 2018         40      57       3
Feb 06, 2018         37      59       4
Jan 11, 2018         34      63       3
Dec 13, 2017         36      62       2
Sep 28, 2017         37      60       3
May 11, 2017         33      64       3
Apr 20, 2017         33      64       3
Apr 05, 2017         33      64       3
Feb 23, 2017         37      60       3
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22. Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States? A) They should be allowed to stay in the United States and to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. B) They should be allowed to remain in the United States, but not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. C) They should be required to leave the U.S.
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
A) Stay/Citizenship  67%    48%    88%    65%    61%    73%    69%    59%
B) Stay/Not citizen   8      9      4     10     10      6      8      6
C) Not stay          19     36      6     19     24     15     17     27
DK/NA                 6      7      3      6      6      6      5      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A) Stay/Citizenship  80%    65%    65%    64%    56%    72%    64%    88%    69%
B) Stay/Not citizen   3      7      8     11      9      6      7      5     11
C) Not stay          13     24     21     18     28     17     23      7     14
DK/NA                 4      4      6      7      7      5      6      -      7
 
TREND: Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States? A) They should be allowed to stay in the United States and to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. B) They should be allowed to remain in the United States, but not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. C) They should be required to leave the U.S.
                     Stay/   Sty/Not Not
                     Citizen Citizen Stay    DK/NA
 
Jun 18, 2018         67       8      19       6
Sep 28, 2017         68       9      19       4
Aug 16, 2017         63      10      22       4
Mar 08, 2017         63      11      23       4
Jan 12, 2017         59       9      25       6
Nov 23, 2016         60      12      25       4
Aug 03, 2015         55       9      32       4
Nov 25, 2014         48      11      35       6
Nov 13, 2013         57      12      26       4
Jul 12, 2013         54      12      28       6
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23. Do you support or oppose allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the United States and eventually apply for citizenship?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              79%    61%    94%    80%    75%    82%    84%    69%
Oppose               15     28      5     15     20     11     13     20
DK/NA                 6     11      1      5      6      6      4     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              89%    75%    78%    78%    75%    78%    76%    91%    86%
Oppose                8     20     17     15     19     15     17      7     12
DK/NA                 4      6      5      8      6      8      7      2      2
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the United States and eventually apply for citizenship?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Jun 18, 2018         79      15       6
Apr 11, 2018         77      18       5
Feb 20, 2018         80      16       4
Feb 06, 2018         81      14       5
 
 
24. In your opinion, has the Trump administration been too aggressive in deporting immigrants who are here illegally, not aggressive enough, or has the Trump administration been acting appropriately when it comes to deporting immigrants who are here illegally?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Too aggressive       50%    10%    86%    51%    44%    55%    54%    34%
Not aggr enough      13     25      4     11     17      8      9     20
Acting appropriately 33     62      9     32     35     31     32     41
DK/NA                 4      3      1      5      3      5      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Too aggressive       59%    50%    47%    45%    40%    47%    44%    76%    67%
Not aggr enough       7     17     11     15     19     10     14      -      9
Acting appropriately 31     29     39     33     37     36     37     24     23
DK/NA                 2      4      3      6      4      6      5      -      1
 
TREND: In your opinion, has the Trump administration been too aggressive in deporting immigrants who are here illegally, not aggressive enough, or has the Trump administration been acting appropriately when it comes to deporting immigrants who are here illegally?
                     Too     Not     Acting
                     Aggrsv  Enough  Apprtly DK/NA
 
Jun 18, 2018         50      13      33       4
Feb 06, 2018         44      11      37       8
Apr 20, 2017         47      11      37       5
Mar 08, 2017         49       9      38       5
 
 
25. As you may know, some families seeking asylum from their home country cross the U.S. border illegally and then request asylum. In an attempt to discourage this, the Trump administration has been prosecuting the parents immediately, which means separating parents from their children. Do you support or oppose this policy?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              27%    55%     7%    24%    32%    22%    26%    37%
Oppose               66     35     91     68     61     70     68     52
DK/NA                 8     11      2      8      7      9      6     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              16%    29%    30%    30%    38%    25%    31%    12%    14%
Oppose               80     61     65     60     55     65     60     88     80
DK/NA                 5     10      5     10      8     10      9      -      6
 
 
26. Do you think that legal immigration to the United States should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same as it is now?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Increased            30%    16%    41%    30%    30%    29%    35%    18%
Decreased            17     28      8     16     14     19      9     24
Same                 49     52     47     49     52     47     50     53
DK/NA                 4      4      3      5      4      4      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Increased            35%    30%    27%    27%    25%    27%    26%    45%    35%
Decreased            12     19     18     17     15     19     17     17     16
Same                 51     48     52     48     54     49     51     38     49
DK/NA                 2      3      4      7      6      5      5      -      -
 
TREND: Do you think that legal immigration to the United States should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same as it is now?
                     Incr    Decr    Same    DK/NA
 
Jun 18, 2018         30      17      49       4
Feb 06, 2018         24      17      54       6