Poll: Majority backs pathway to citizenship

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A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday night found that a total of 64 percent of adults either somewhat favor or strongly favor including a pathway to citizenship in immigration reform. Among Latinos surveyed in the poll, 55 percent said they strongly favor a pathway to citizenship, while 27 percent somewhat favor a pathway to citizenship.

Meanwhile the poll found that 35 percent of adults strongly or somewhat oppose a pathway to citizenship.

When asked about a pathway to citizenship that includes paying back taxes, allowing a security background check and a paying fine, 76 percent of voters said they either strongly favor or somewhat favor that type of pathway to citizenship, and about 23 percent said they either strongly oppose or somewhat oppose a pathway to citizenship.

The poll comes as a bipartisan group of senators is preparing to unveil an immigration reform bill. The group is expected to release its bill in the next few days.

Fifty-four percent of those surveyed said that immigration "adds to the character and strengthens the United States," while 36 percent said, instead, that immigration weakens the country. Among Latino voters, 65 percent said immigration strengthens the country, and 26 percent said immigration weakens the country.

The poll was conducted between April 5 and April 8 among 1000 adults and had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.