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New Gallup poll indicates Americans favor less immigration

Defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor - Out of touch on immigration
Defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor - Out of touch on immigration
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A new Gallup poll shows less than one-quarter of Americans favor increased immigration. Although a majority of high Democratic officeholders and President Obama advocate more immigration numbers, the answer is a resounding no.

The poll adds credence to the reasoning behind House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning defeat in his primary. Whether it is unskilled, uneducated immigrants or the type Cantor advocated more of, skilled foreign nationals, it’s thumbs down throughout the country.

The key question respondents were asked was, "In your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased, or decreased?" Nearly twice as many adult Americans favor a decrease in numbers as those who want an increase.

The real percentages are 41 percent for a decrease and 22 percent for an increase. Thirty-three percent want the same level and 4 percent had no opinion. That means a stunning 74 percent oppose increased immigration.

Over 40 million foreign-born individuals live in the United States which is 13 percent of the country’s population, according to the Brookings Institution. Not surprisingly, Republicans (55 percent) want a decrease in the influx, 43 percent of independents and 32 percent of Democrats.

Increased immigration appears out of the question for most Americans. Only 14 percent of Republicans favor it, 27 percent of Democrats and 23 percent of independents. The numbers appear to be the total opposite of what the White House and most liberals think.

Breaking it down further, college educated Americans favor increased immigration numbers at 30 percent. The holds true for postgraduate degrees. Americans with high school degrees or less saw 47 percent in favor of decreased immigration while just 19 percent favor an increase. It would appear that immigration numbers threaten the blue collar working class more that white collar professionals.

In Gallup’s final analysis the organization stated, "Support for increasing immigration has grown significantly more among Americans with college degrees, those more likely to be tuned in to the discussion about the need for importing highly skilled workers, than it has among those with less formal education.
Despite that observation, 63 percent of respondents, including 55 percent of Republicans, think immigration is a “good thing” for the US, while 33 percent said it is a “bad thing. “ Gallup’s conclusion, "Immigration is central to who Americans are as a people, and what the United States represents, and by and large Americans view immigration as positive for the country. But deciding how many new immigrants to welcome each year can be controversial, particularly when unemployment is high, and seeming competition for good jobs already fierce.”

Nevertheless, the numbers did not help incumbent Eric Cantor's overcome from an unknown to keep his congressional seat of 26 years. Gallup may be talking to a group of Americans that do not represent November and those voting in midterm elections. Actual voters need only look south to the Texas/Mexico border to see the utter chaos this country faces.

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