A majority of Democratic voters believe illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote, according to a striking new Rasmussen Reports survey.
The national telephone survey released Friday reveals that more than one third of “Likely U.S. Voters” — 35 percent — say illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote if they can prove they reside in the U.S. and pay taxes. Sixty percent of “Likely Voters,” disagreed and five percent were undecided.
Democrats were more likely to support illegal immigrant voting, with 53 percent supporting the idea. Republicans, however, also indicated support. According to the poll, 20 percent of Republican voters said they supported illegal immigrants voting and 30 percent of voters not affiliated with a party also agreed.
The Rasmussen Reports survey also probed voters’ views on an issue set to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court in upcoming months — whether legislative districts should be determined by the number of eligible voters or all residents, including illegal immigrants. Texas voters are challenging their state on its current method of using total population.
The poll released Friday found that 66 percent of voters agreed with the Texas challenge and said only eligible voters should count when determining district sizes. Twenty-three percent said they preferred using the total population.
The telephone poll of 952 Likely Voters was conducted from May 27-28, 2015 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.