Hoosiers on Immigration: More Than Half Agree With a Path to Citizenship
MUNCIE, Ind.--The majority of Hoosiers support a path to citizenship for people who come to the country illegally, said the Hoosier Survey by Ball State University. About one quarter of people in Indiana believe they should be forced to leave the U.S.
Charles Taylor, director of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs, said a little more than half of the 604 Hoosiers called, said they support immigrants being allowed to stay and eventually apply for citizenship.
"What it may be is when people really stop and think about having millions of people here and trying to round them up and send them some place else, that maybe the practical approach is to try and find some reasonable path to citizenship for people, however they got here."
He said what is not a surprise is that the majority of support for citizenship came from people who call themselves Democrats. But, nealr half of the Republicans surveyed also supported a pathway.
"They're split. So there's 41 percent saying they should be allowed to stay and eventually be allowed to apply for citizenship and 43 percent saying they should leave the U.S.," said Taylor.
He said the split may have prevented immigration reform, and it comes from the business saide of the party seeing immigrants as part of the work force.
“Support for a path to citizenship is even greater for those who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children,” said Taylor. “A large majority, 69 percent, of Hoosiers told us they support a path to citizenship for this group. Only 26 percent were opposed.”
The Hoosier Survey:
The Old National Bank / Ball State University 2018 Hoosier Survey obtained telephone interviews with a representative sample of 604 adults living in Indiana. Telephone interviews were conducted by landline (316) and cell phone (288, including 184 with adults with no landline phone). The survey was conducted by Issues & Answers Network, Inc. (I&A). Interviews were done in English from October 2-20, 2018. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is plus or minus 5.1 percentage points.
The entire survey will be released in the coming weeks.
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