Majority of Republicans and Democrats Want Less Immigration According to Gallup Poll

Tom Handy
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With legal and illegal immigration occurring along the southern border, this has become a popular topic. Some believe people have a right to come to the United States, while others want to see fewer immigrants. 

The latest Gallup poll conducted from January to February this year showed both Republican and Democratic voters were dissatisfied with immigration. According to the poll, 28% of Americans were satisfied with immigration while 63% were dissatisfied. 

The worst time that Americans were dissatisfied or wanted immigration to decrease was actually after 9/11. In the Gallup poll conducted around January 2002, 52% of people polled were dissatisfied with immigration. 

Even though the United States is primarily made up of immigrants who came months or years ago, only a small percentage want immigration to increase. According to the January poll, 8% want to see an increase. 

By political party, there is a big difference. 

Among, Republican voters 71% were dissatisfied and wanted immigration to decrease.

Then among Democratic voters, 19% were dissatisfied and wanted immigration to decrease. 

Independents were in between the two parties and the poll showed that 36% were dissatisfied. 

According to an article dated April 2021, wrote:

“Seventy percent (70%) of Democrats say racist beliefs drive the desire for less immigration.”

Over the past few years, and the number of migrants crossing the southern border, the view of Americans has changed. During the past 20-plus years, the views have changed during some periods where people wanted more immigration and then less immigration according to the Gallup Poll. 

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