Poll: More Americans Support Reducing Legal Immigration, Majority Support Mandatory E-Verify

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Varun Hukeri General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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A recent poll indicates more Americans support reducing legal immigration and a majority back policies like mandatory E-Verify that prioritize American workers.

poll released Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports found that 47% of likely voters thought the government should reduce the number of legal immigrants coming into the country annually. Approximately 1 million foreign nationals obtained lawful permanent residency in 2019, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security.

33% of respondents said the government should accept fewer than 500,000 immigrants each year and an additional 14% said the government should be accepting no more than 750,000 immigrants.

20% of respondents favored the current level of approximately 1 million immigrants accepted each year. 17% said the number should be greater than 1 million.

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 16: Immigrants from 25 countries participate in a naturalization ceremony in Daley Plaza on September 16, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Seventy people were awarded their U.S. citizenship at the Citizenship Day ceremony. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Immigrants participate in a naturalization ceremony in Chicago, Illinois (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

On the question of illegal immigration, the poll found that 36% of respondents thought the government was doing “too little” to reduce illegal border crossings and visa overstays. 63% said they supported mandating the federal electronic E-Verify system to make sure employers only hire legal workers.

63% of respondents also said businesses should raise pay and recruit American workers even if it causes consumer prices to go up. Only 21% said businesses should recruit new foreign workers to keep prices down. (RELATED: E-Verify Hasn’t Failed, But It Has Been Sabotaged)

A majority of likely voters also opposed an increase in the number of high-skilled foreign workers. 56% of respondents said “the country already has enough talented people” while a smaller 29% supported increasing the number of foreign workers taking high-skill jobs.

The poll found a split among likely voters over “lifetime work permits” for the estimated 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the U.S.

SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 05: Anti-immigration demonstrators hold signs and American flags during an anti-immigration rally May 5, 2006 in Santa Clara, California. Dozens of anti-immigration demonstrators held a rally as similar rallies were held across the country on Cinco de Mayo to protest illegal immigrants. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Demonstrators hold signs and American flags during a rally in Santa Clara, California (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

48% of respondents “strongly” or “somewhat” opposed giving effective amnesty to the entire population of illegal aliens in the U.S. 45% of respondents were “strongly” or “somewhat” in favor.

A majority of likely voters did support “lifetime work permits” for the roughly two million illegal aliens who came to the U.S. as minors — many are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

57% of respondents “strongly” or “somewhat” supported an effective amnesty for the two million illegal aliens who came to the U.S. as minors. 35% of respondents were “strongly” or “somewhat” opposed to it. (RELATED: Trump Will Refile Order Ending DACA ‘Soon’)

The poll surveyed 1,250 likely voters via automated calls between August 16-20. The poll had a margin of error of +/- three percentage points.