Poll: Nearly 9 in 10 want DACA recipients to stay in US
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An overwhelming majority of Americans supports legal protections for certain undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, according to a new CBS News poll.

According to the survey, almost 9 in 10 respondents — 87 percent — said they believe that the so-called Dreamers should be allowed to remain in the U.S. if they meet certain requirements, such as working or going to school. 

The findings come as lawmakers struggle to strike a deal to protect those immigrants, who are covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE rescinded the Obama-era program last September, but he gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative solution for its recipients.

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Democrats have insisted that DACA's protections be addressed in a must-pass government funding measure. But Trump has said that any deal on DACA must also provide for increased border security and help fund construction of his long-promised wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Pollsters found that Americans are more divided on whether the issue is worth the risk of a government shutdown. 

Forty-six percent said that it is worth shuttering the federal government if a deal is not reached on DACA, while 48 percent said it is not.

The CBS News poll surveyed 1,225 Americans from Jan. 13 to 16. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.