57 percent say a child born to parent with a temporary visa in the US should be a citizen

Fifty-seven percent of registered voters polled say a child born in the U.S. to a woman with a temporary visa should be considered a U.S. citizen, according to a new American Barometer survey. 

According to the poll, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, 28 percent of respondents did not think children born in the U.S. to a woman with a temporary visa should be considered U.S. citizens. 

The same survey also found that 48 percent of voters said a child should be considered a U.S. citizen if a woman gives birth to the child while she is in the U.S. illegally. Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed said the child should not be considered a citizen in the same situation.

The poll comes after President Trump announced late last month that he would sign an executive order banning birthright citizenship in the U.S. 

The move would likely set up a Supreme Court battle over the 14th Amendment, which says that all persons “born or naturalized in the United States” are “citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

“What the poll indicates is that Americans really understand and are attached to the notion of birthright citizenship,” political analyst Bill Schneider told Hill.TV’s Jamal Simmons on “What America’s Thinking.” 

The American Barometer was conducted on Nov. 2-3 among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester


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