Poll: Americans dissatisfied with immigration levels

A majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the level of immigration — both legal and illegal — into the U.S., a new poll finds.

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Sixty percent of adults said they are dissatisfied with levels of immigration, while 33 percent said they were satisfied, according to a new Gallup poll.

The share of Americans who are satisfied with immigration levels fell 5 percent from a year ago.

Still, the 60 percent who are dissatisfied does not match the all-time high of 72 percent in January 2008. That month also marked the lowest point for satisfaction with immigration levels, when it bottomed out at 23 percent.

Among those who were dissatisfied, 39 percent said there should be less immigration. Only 7 percent said there should be more immigration.

The findings come during a renewed debate on how to deal with immigrants who come to the U.S. without authorization. In November, just weeks after Democrats were dealt a major loss in the midterm elections, President Obama signed an executive action that grants temporary legal status to millions of immigrants. Republicans have said they plan to sue to stop the implementation of the action and are looking to use legislation to block the order as well.

Adults are split along party lines when grading their satisfaction with the level of immigration into the U.S. Eighty-four percent of Republicans are dissatisfied, up from 65 percent last year. Only 44 percent of Democrats feel dissatisfied — but that number did rise by 8 points in the last year.

The poll was conducted from Jan. 5-8 with a sample of 804 adults. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points. 

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