Americans Want Less, Not More, Immigration

Decrease favored by nearly two to one margin according to poll

A new Gallup poll released Friday shows that, while immigration advocates plan protests on Capitol Hill, more Americans would actually like to see the amount of immigrants admitted to the country decrease rather than increase.

According to the poll, 41 percent of respondents want to see less immigration, while only 22 percent would like to see more. A third of respondents said they had no opinion on the issue.

A Politico article on the poll reported that the desire to see a decrease in the amount of foreigners admitted to the country isn't confined to the political affiliations much of the commentary on the issue might suggest:

The aversion towards increased immigration crosses partisan lines, with a majority of both Republicans and Independents answering that they would prefer decreased levels of immigration. Only a small fraction, 14 percent, of Republicans said that they would prefer an increase in immigration. The majority of Democrats polled said that they would prefer immigration to stay at its present level.

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