Mini Poll: Calibrating Your Views On Immigration Law


In general, how serious a problem do you think illegal immigration is in the United States?


Very serious problem:
 53%
Somewhat serious:
 27%
Not very serious:
 18%
Not a problem at all:
 2%

 


In general, do you think most immigrants who come to the United States today help the country and make it a better place to live, or hurt the country and make it a worse place to live?


Better place to live:
 67%
Worse place to live:
 33%

 


In general, how do you think the problem of illegal immigration in Missouri compares to the problem in most other states?


More serious in Missouri:
 5%
Less serious in Missouri:
 62%
About the same in Missouri as in most other states:
 33%

 


Do you personally know anyone you think might be in the United States illegally?


Yes:
 34%
No:
 66%

 


If you knew for certain that a co-worker was in the United States illegally, would you turn her in to the authorities?


Certainly yes:
 19%
Probably yes:
 23%
Probably no:
 31%
Certainly no:
 28%

 


If you suspected that a co-worker was in the United States illegally, would you turn him in to the authorities?


Certainly yes:
 14%
Probably yes:
 18%
Probably no:
 32%
Certainly no:
 35%

 


Do you think immigration reform should primarily move in the direction of integrating illegal immigrants into American society or in the direction of stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration?


Integration:
 49%
Stricter enforcement:
 51%

 


Do you think the United States should increase or decrease the number of legal immigrants it admits to the country each year?


Increase:
 38%
Decrease:
 24%
Leave it the same:
 31%

 


Do you think that individual states should have the right to make their own immigration laws?


Yes:
 41%
No:
 59%

 


The state of Arizona recently passed a law that gives the police the power to question someone they have already stopped, detained, or arrested about their legal status in the country. The law requires people to produce documents verifying their status if asked. Do you think this law goes too far in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration, doesn't go far enough, or is about right?


Too far:
 48%
Not far enough:
 17%
About right:
 34%

 


Do you think Arizona's immigration law will reduce illegal immigration in Arizona and, overall, in the rest of the country?


Yes, but just in Arizona:
 46%
Yes, overall:
 11%
No, not even in Arizona:
 42%

 


Do you think Arizona's immigration law will lead to discrimination against Hispanics?


Yes:
 55%
No:
 45%

 


Do you want Missouri to pass an immigration law similar to Arizona's?


Yes:
 38%
No:
 53%
No, we already have such a law:
 9%

 


Would you favor or oppose the following proposals?


Building a 700 mile long fence on the border with Mexico

Favor:
 46%
Oppose:
 54%

Creating a program that would allow illegal immigrants already living in the United States for a number of years to stay here and apply to legally remain in this country permanently if they had a job and paid back taxes

Favor:
 75%
Oppose:
 25%

Imposing major fines on employers who hire illegal immigrants

Favor:
 81%
Oppose:
 19%

Jailing employers who hire illegal immigrants

Favor:
 47%
Oppose:
 53%

Putting more Border Patrol agents on the US border with Mexico

Favor:
 73%
Oppose:
 27%

Putting more Border Patrol agents on the US border with Canada

Favor:
 49%
Oppose:
 51%

Creating an ID card issued by the Federal government that US citizens and legal residents would be required to show to an employer when applying for a job

Favor:
 50%
Oppose:
 50%

Creating an ID card issued by the Federal government that US citizens and legal residents would be required to show whenever a police officer asked to see it

Favor:
 37%
Oppose:
 63%

 


In general, what sort of a letter grade would you give the City of St. Louis on the sort of place it is for immigrants?


A:
 18%
B:
 43%
C:
 32%
D:
 3%
Failure:
 4%

 


How far back in your family line is a generation of immigrants to the United States?


I am an immigrant:
 2%
Parents:
 7%
Grandparents:
 18%
Great grandparents:
 28%
Great great grandparents:
 16%
Further back than great great grandparents:
 21%
There hasn't been a generation of immigrants in my family in recorded history:
 1%
I don't know:
 6%

 


If a police officer were to have stopped you today while you were outside of your home, would you have been able to produce proof that you are a US citizen or otherwise in the United States legally?


Yes:
 63%
No:
 37%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.