5 Facts about Trump Supporters’ Views on Immigration

After Donald Trump’s perceived immigration flip-flop, the Pew Research Center reviewed Trump supporters’ views on immigration. Here are five major takeaways:

“1) Most Trump supporters view immigration as a ‘very big problem’ in the U.S. In a survey released last week, 66% of registered voters who support Trump in the general election call immigration a ‘very big problem’ in the country. Just 17% of Hillary Clinton backers say the same.”

“2) Trump’s proposed border wall gets overwhelming support from his backers… Fully 79% of Trump supporters favor building a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border; just 18% are opposed.”

“3) Trump supporters have mixed views of undocumented immigrants. Just 35% of Trump supporters say undocumented immigrants take jobs U.S. citizens would like to have, and a third say that they are less hard-working and honest than citizens. However, a greater share of Trump supporters (50%) think undocumented immigrants in the U.S. ‘are more likely than American citizens to commit serious crimes’; 43% say they are not.”

“4) During the Republican primaries, most Trump supporters did not favor a national effort to deport all those in the U.S. illegally.”

“5) Today, voters who back a Trump presidency are divided on priorities for U.S. immigration policy. Nearly half (48%) of Trump supporters say the priority for policy to deal with illegal immigration should be stronger law enforcement and better border security. Just 10% say the priority should be creating a way for undocumented immigrants to become citizens if they meet certain requirements. But about four-in-ten (41%) say both of these approaches should be given equal priority.”

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