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 TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE rescinded the Obama-era program last September, but he gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative solution for its recipients.
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.