ALLOW ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO APPLY FOR U.S. WORK PERMITS?
Opposition to work permits crosses party and ideological boundaries: most Democrats, Republicans and Independents are opposed, as are most liberals, conservatives and moderates.
A slight majority – 51 percent - would even like to decrease the level of legal immigrants permitted to enter the United States. In January 2004, 45 percent wanted that level lowered. In December 2001, in the months following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, 59 percent wanted legal immigration reduced, more than support this today.
LEGAL IMMIGRATION TO THE U.S. SHOULD BE…
Kept as is
But Americans don't think immigrants are taking desirable jobs away from them. Only 33 percent say immigrants take away jobs from current Americans while most – 52 percent - say immigrants instead fill the jobs that current Americans don't want to do. A majority of Americans has thought this each time CBS News has asked the question since 1986. In this poll, Westerners are the most likely to agree that immigrants do jobs Americans don't want.
IMMIGRANTS TO THE U.S…
Take jobs away from Americans
Take jobs Americans don't want
This poll was conducted among a nationwide random sample of 1222 adults, interviewed by telephone July 29-August 2, 2005. The error due to sampling could be plus or minus three percentage points for results based on all adults. Error for subgroups is higher.