Poll: Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe immigrants 'no more to blame' for crime than other groups

Poll: Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe immigrants 'no more to blame' for crime than other groups
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Nearly 80 percent of Americans surveyed in a new poll released on Thursday believe that immigrants are "no more to blame for crime than other groups." 

In a Pew Research Center survey, 77 percent of American respondents said they more strongly agree with the statement that immigrants are "no more to blame for crime than other groups" than the statement that immigrants "are more to blame for crime than other groups." Nineteen percent of Americans polled preferred the statement that said that immigrants are more to blame. 

Of the 18 countries surveyed, U.S. respondents had the second highest belief that immigrants are no more to blame, trailing only Canada, where 80 percent of respondents believe that immigrants are no more to blame for crime. 

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Despite a relative consensus on crime, Americans are split over whether immigrants without legal status should be deported. Forty-six percent of the Americans surveyed said they support deporting such immigrants, while 47 percent opposed the practice. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE has repeatedly cited crime as a reason for strict immigration enforcement and the need for his wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. His immigration policies, particularly the wall, have been controversial. 

Pew Research Center interviewed a total of 1,500 people between May 14 and June 15, 2018 in the survey, according to Newsweek