With midterm election less than a month away, new study finds that Americans are deeply divided on immigration, mainly along party lines.
Washington, D.C. – October 11, 2018
The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, a research collaboration of leading analysts and scholars from across the political spectrum, today released “Far From Settled: Varied and Changing Attitudes on Immigration in America.” In the report, author Patrick Ruffini analyzes VOTER Survey data from 2017 and 2018 about attitudes of Americans toward immigration.
“The division on immigration cuts across racial and ethnic lines, and is driven by partisanship first, then age and education,” said Patrick Ruffini, co-founder, Echelon Insights. “Not only do we find intense division, but voter attitudes are paradoxical: most Americans are sympathetic to illegal immigrants, for example, but seemingly extreme positions like a travel ban on Muslims also garner strong support.”
Key findings from the report include:
“This paper analyzes voters’ attitudes about what it means to be American,” said Alicia Prevost, manager of the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group. “The continued divide on this issue is important to understand for anyone who cares about our democracy, because a sense of shared values and identity is one of the pillars of civil society.”
The full report can be found at www.voterstudygroup.org, along with other research from the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group.
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