Poll: Vast majority says legal immigration good for US

Poll: Vast majority says legal immigration good for US
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A huge majority of registered voters say legal immigration is good for the United States, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Friday. 

Eighty-nine percent of overall respondents said legal immigration is positive. Numbers were nearly uniform across parties, with 89 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats approving of legal immigration. 


But party-line divisions show up in opinions on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE’s proposal to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Seventy-eight percent of Republicans said they support building the wall, and just 6 percent of Democrats agreed.

Overall 42 percent supported the wall and 53 percent opposed.

Trump, the GOP presidential nominee, has made a border wall a central issue in his campaign, promising to force Mexico to pay for it.

Similar partisan divisions showed up in a question on what to do about people living in the country illegally.

Eighty-two percent of Democrats said they should have a path to citizenship. But just 48 percent of Republicans agreed, while 41 percent of GOP supporters said they should be required to leave the U.S.

Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Top diplomat said request for specific probes in Ukraine was 'contrary' to US policy Feehery: What Republicans must do to adapt to political realignment MORE has promised a path to citizenship in her immigration proposals. 

Trump earlier in his campaign called for mass deportations, but he has recently said he would aggressively enforce existing immigration laws. 

Trump supporters were even harsher than overall Republicans on illegal immigrants. Just 39 percent said they backed a path to citizenship, and 45 percent called for deportation.

The poll of 960 voters was conducted Sept. 8–13. Its margin of error is 3.2 points.