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  • Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed said they either “strongly” or “somewhat” support an earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before Jan. 1 of this year and who can pass a background check and pay taxes.
  • Among Democrats, 86 percent supported the idea, while 51 percent of Republicans said they “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed.

A new poll suggests the majority of Americans support offering a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S. 

The Vox and Data for Progress poll released this week found 69 percent of the 1,124 likely voters surveyed said they either “strongly” or “somewhat” support an earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before Jan. 1 of this year and can pass a background check and pay taxes. 


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Among Democrats, 86 percent supported the idea while 51 percent of Republicans said they “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed. 

When asked specifically about “DREAMers” who were brought to the U.S. as children, 72 percent of those surveyed said they support a path to citizenship while just 24 percent were opposed. Along party lines, 87 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Republicans backed the DREAM Act that would give DACA recipients a path to become U.S. citizens. The DREAM Act would give an estimated 3.6 million DREAMers living the U.S. protection from deportation and the opportunity to obtain citizenship. 

Some lawmakers have also proposed legislation to offer a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented front line workers who work in essential industries such as meatpacking, farming and grocery stores. The survey found 64 percent of likely voters support the proposal while 30 percent oppose. 

The survey was conducted from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent. 

The poll comes as President Biden has called for an eight-year path to citizenship for immigrants present in the U.S. before 2021 and who can pass a background check and pay taxes. 

On Tuesday, Biden signed several executive orders focused on immigration. One established a task force focused on reuniting migrant families separated at the southern border under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Another directs federal agencies to carry out a sweeping review of asylum policy in the U.S., and a third directs a review of the Trump administration’s public charge rule, which limited immigration opportunities for those who may need assistance such as food stamps or other social programs. 


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Published on Feb 04, 2021