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Alma Banuelos, left, with Emilia Hernandez  shout slogans during a rally in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, May 1, 2013. In celebration of May Day thousands have gathered for an immigration reform rally in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Rasmussen poll shows public knows little about immigration

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Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

In contrast, Rasmussen’s response suggested that only 5 percent of entrepreneurs, 9 percent of investors, and 1 percent of people who earn more than $200,000 per year know the correct level.

People’s preferences are clearer, according to the Rasmusen poll.

Thirty-eight percent want an immigration decrease, and 26 percent want an increase in immigration after the border is secured. Forty-four percent of people who earn less than $30,000 per year, and 13 percent of people who earn more that $200,000, want a decrease.

The group most supportive of an immigration increase was younger women, where support stood at 59 percent, but only if the country’s borders are secured. Thirty-eight percent of government employees and 38 percent of people who earn more than $200,000 prefer an increase. Fifty-one percent of Republicans and 36 percent of Democrats want a decrease, while only 19 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats want an increase.

African-Americans were the most sharply divided racial group. Just eight percent supported an increase in immigration, and 43 percent wanted a decrease.

Fifty-three percent percent of Americans want all potential immigrants to be treaty fairly, but 81 percent want better screening of people from “countries with terrorist ties,” and 46 percent would prefer immigrants “who could most help the U.S. economy.”

Rasmussen’s survey showed that 50 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of Democrats are watching the debate closely.

Parents oppose an increase by 42 percent to 20 percent, while people without children split 37 percent against to 29 percent for an increase.

Wealthier people sharply favored an increase 38 percent to 13 percent, while people who earned less than $200,000 a year sharply favored a decrease. Forty-four percent of people who earn less than $30,000 preferred a reduction, while only 15 percent favored an increase

“People recognize that we are a nation of immigrants and of laws … [and] want our policy to reflect both pillars of that tradition,” Rasmussen said in a statement to The Daily Caller. But “they fear that the federal government is not interested in enforcing the laws … [and] does not value U.S. citizenship as highly as it should,” he said.

“This leads to a lot of anger over immigration, but it’s important to recognize that the anger is directed primarily at the federal government, not at immigrants,” he added.

The 867-page Senate immigration bill is expected to provide amnesties to at least 11 million illegal immigrants, bring in another 20 million people over the next decade, accelerate the future inflow of immigrants’ relatives, increase the supply of agricultural laborers, and boost the annual inflow of blue-collar and professional guest-workers above 1 million.

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