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Poll: Most Open to Letting Immigrants Stay

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  • Greg Cannon
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      Poll: Most Open to Letting Immigrants Stay

      By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press Writer Sun Apr 2,
      5:35 AM ET

      WASHINGTON - A slim majority of Americans are open to
      allowing undocumented workers to obtain some sort of
      temporary legal status to remain in the United States,
      with stronger support for the idea among Democrats,
      younger adults and more educated Americans, a new poll
      finds.

      Overall, 56 percent of Americans favor offering
      illegal immigrants a shot at some kind of legal
      status; roughly two-thirds of those ages 18-34 like
      the idea and an equal share of those with a college
      education agree, the AP-Ipsos survey found.

      While Democrats were more likely to support temporary
      worker status, with 62 percent favoring the idea, even
      among Republicans there was majority support, by a
      narrower 52 percent, according to the poll.

      The AP-Ipsos survey of 1,003 adults was conducted
      Tuesday through Thursday, as debate swirled in
      Congress over a proposal that would legalize many
      illegal immigrants in the United States and expand
      guest worker programs for an estimated 400,000
      immigrants each year.

      Two-thirds of Americans think illegal immigrants fill
      jobs that most Americans don't want, the poll found.

      But the survey found greater ambiguity on whether
      illegal immigrants are good or bad for American
      society, on balance. Fifty-one percent said illegal
      immigrants mostly make a contribution to society, and
      42 percent said they were mostly a drain.

      Likewise, there was deep division on how serious a
      crime it should be enter the country illegally.
      Fifty-one percent thought it should be considered a
      "minor offense" and 47 percent considered it a
      "serious criminal offense."

      Americans were skeptical that erecting a fence along
      the border with Mexico would reduce the number of
      illegal immigrants — two-thirds doubted it would work.

      The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1
      percentage points.
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