A majority of American said they support creating a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who have been in the United States for several years, have a job, speak English and are willing to pay back taxes.
According to the results of a new poll conducted by CNN and ORC, 90 percent of Americans favor a bill that would allow illegal immigrants who meet those requirements to stay in the country and eventually apply for citizenship rather than being deported to their home country, while nine percent oppose a bill like that.
That same poll — which surveyed 1,025 Americans by phone — also found that voters believe the United States should deport people who are living here illegally and have committed crimes. 78 percent said they should be deported, while 19 percent said they should not.
When ranked, those surveyed said the government’s most important goal concerning illegal immigration should be developing a plan to allow illegal immigrants to become citizens, followed by developing a plan to stop illegal immigration and deporting illegal immigrants.
When asked, 28 percent of those surveyed said they were Democrats, 25 percent Republicans and 47 percent independents.