Poll: Two-thirds support pathway to citizenship

Nearly seven in 10 voters support an eventual pathway to citizenship for people living in the country illegally, according to a new poll. 

According to a Fox News poll released Wednesday night, support for sending people living in the United States illegally back to their home country is at its lowest level since 2011, with 15 percent support.  

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The poll found 68 percent of people would support allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the country and eventually gain citizenship once a series of steps were taken. That is largely unchanged from last year, when 66 percent of people said the same. 

Another 13 percent of voters would support an expanded guest worker program that allowed immigrants to work in the country for a short time. 

Democrats most strongly favor a path to citizenship, with 75 percent support. Another 70 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans also support it. 

While 19 percent of Republicans support sending all illegal immigrants back to their home countries, 12 percent of Democrats and 14 percent of Republicans feel the same. 

The poll comes ahead of the unveiling of a House GOP memo describing its principles on immigration reform. GOP leaders have advocated for a piecemeal approach to immigration reform in the past. 

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) recently said he backs granting legal status, not a new pathway to citizenship, for the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally. 

The Senate approved a comprehensive immigration package last year that included a pathway to citizenship, but it has stalled in the House. 

The poll surveyed 1,010 registered voters and has a 3 percent margin of error.