Pew Poll: 1 In 2 Americans Want REDUCED Immigration

Rachel Stoltzfoos | Managing Editor, The Daily Caller News Foundation

About half of Americans and nearly a third of immigrants think immigration should be decreased, a Pew survey released Monday shows.

Asked whether immigration should increase, decrease or stay the same, 49 percent of those polled by the Pew Research Center said it should decrease. Just 15 percent said immigration should increase.

Fifty percent of of those polled said immigrants are making crime and the economy worse.

The poll contradicts the main-stream media narrative that there is a consensus built around immigration that amounts to “the more the merrier,” and puts pressure on primary candidates that are almost entirely in favor of increasing legal immigration. (RELATED: Media Ignores Evidence Americans Want To REDUCE Legal Immigration)

“We have remarked that the temptation in the GOP primary is to play to the loudest voices and the staunchest segment of the party, even though they do not represent a majority of voters in the party, let alone in the general electorate,” wrote Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin in April, just a few weeks after this survey was conducted.

The survey found 67 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of all U.S. born residents polled want to see reduced immigration. Even 30 percent of immigrants — nearly a third — want reduced immigration.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum and now Donald Trump are the only candidates currently in either primary race that want to reduce legal immigration. (RELATED: Santorum Wants To Reduce Legal Immigration)

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