Gallup Poll Suggests a Party Out of Touch with its Members

Communications Associate

July 22, 2016

Three in Four Republicans Support Opportunity to Earn Citizenship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new Gallup poll finds that more than three-quarters of Republicans favor the opportunity to earn citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Far fewer support deporting all immigrants here illegally or building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

At least three in four Republicans (76 percent), independents (85 percent) and Democrats (91 percent) favor a way for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to meet certain requirements over a period of time and earn citizenship, the poll found.

Overall, 66 percent of U.S. adults oppose mass deportation, the same percentage that opposes a border wall. The American Action Forum has found that mass deportation alone would cost $400 billion to $600 billion, shrink the labor force by 11 million workers and reduce gross domestic product by $1.6 trillion.

“We need leaders to put forward the immigration solutions Americans want, not nativist calls that fearmonger and divide,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “This poll is surprising only in its contrast to the inflamed rhetoric from some who purport to represent the Republican Party. We’ve known that the majority of Americans, Republican and Democrat, support steps that help all of us thrive.

“Across geographic, religious, vocational and even political lines, Americans want an immigration process that supports our nation’s workforce and economic needs, adheres to our values and puts better laws in place.”