Ahead of 2014 Election, 6-in-10 Americans Continue to Support Path to Citizenship

With immigration reform legislation stalled in Congress and the 2014 midterm elections rapidly approaching, more than six-in-ten Americans continue to support a path to citizenship, a new survey finds. When asked how the immigration system should deal with immigrants currently living in the country illegally, 62 percent of Americans favor allowing them a way to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, 17 percent favor allowing them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, and 19 percent favor identifying and deporting them. Support for a path to citizenship is nearly identical to one year ago (March 2013) when 63 percent of Americans supported this policy. CONT.

Public Religion Research Institute & Brookings Institution