The swing voters who will decide the 2020 election oppose by 2:1 the inflow and hiring of more foreign workers amid the coronavirus crash, according to a May 20-21 poll of 1,250 likely voters by Rasmussen Reports.
Fifty-nine percent of swing voting “moderate” voters and 56 percent of non-GOP, non-Democrat “other” voters agree that it would be “Better for businesses to raise the pay and try harder to recruit non-working Americans even if it causes prices to rise,” the poll says.
In contrast, just 27 percent of moderates and 20 percent of “others” told Rasmussen that it would be “Better for the government to bring in new foreign workers to help keep business costs and prices down.”
The poll arrives as President Donald Trump huddles with his advisers to draft curbs on a variety of visa programs. Trump’s curbs might free up many jobs for the many American graduates who face unemployment and poverty because of the Chinese coronavirus. However, many of Trump’s deputies put business priorities first and so favor the inflow of cheap labor for companies and investors.
Rasmussen also showed that Trump’s rhetoric of “Hire American First” policy is also supported by 73 percent of Republicans and conservatives. Just 16 percent of Republican and conservative voters agree with the business pro-migration strategy.
The coronavirus crash has decisively shifted the public's ambivalent priorities on immigration:
Away from politely welcoming migrants, and towards loudly demanding more jobs for American grads & blue-collars.
Business & investors are fighting back … https://t.co/Ad05lnaYNP
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) April 30, 2020
The “Hire American First” results were slightly muffled when Rasmussen asked about “higher-skill” jobs.
Lobbyists for many business groups insist they need more high skilled immigrants, even though many millions of skilled Americans have been pushed aside by outsourcing. This “high skill” pitch has been effective with legislators, congressional staffers, and journalists — even though many U.S. college graduates are more skilled than the “high skill” migrants demanded by business groups, say Indian migrants and U.S. managers.
Rasmussen asked, “Should Congress increase the number of foreign workers taking higher-skill U.S. jobs or does the country already have enough talented people to train and recruit for most of those jobs?”
Sixty percent of swing-voting “other” and 58 percent of “moderate” likely voters sided with the “Hire American First” pitch by saying, “The country already has enough talented people to train and recruit for most of those jobs.”
Just 23 percent of “other” and 28 percent of “moderates” called for the government to “Increase the number of foreign workers taking higher-skill U.S. jobs.”
But more respondents gave “not sure” answers to the “High Skill” question, suggesting a hidden reserve of “Hire American” voters.
The poll showed that 72 percent of Republicans and 69 percent of conservatives said the country “has enough talented people.” Just 19 percent of Republicans and 23 percent of conservatives urged the government to “increase the number of foreign workers.”
The “Hire American First” option is also strongly supported by two demographics where Trump needs more voters — graduates and suburbanites.
Notably, the poll shows that college graduates want to put American workers first. They responded 56 percent to 31 percent against importing more skilled workers. Suburbanites responded similarly, 59 percent against more skilled workers, and 25 percent in favor of more foreign workers.
The same “Hire American First” skew was also seen in the “raise the pay” question, where graduates split 63 percent to 23 percent, and suburbanites split 64 percent to 2o percent.
The loudest voices in favor of more migration were Democrats and people who earn more than $100,000 per year. For example, 33 percent of Democrats said it is “better for the government to bring in new foreign workers to help keep business costs and prices down.” (54 percent opposed)
Thirty-nine percent of Democrats said they would “increase the number of foreign workers taking higher-skill U.S. jobs.” (46 percent opposed)
Rasmussen polls match other surveys that show that Americans generously want to welcome migrants — but rationally want companies to hire Americans before importing foreign workers, especially in an economic crisis.
These polls show that the public strongly objects to companies hiring foreign workers before American employees. For example, an August 2017 poll reported that 68 percent of Americans oppose companies’ use of H-1B visa workers to outsource U.S.-based jobs that could be held by Americans.
In response, pro-migration business-first groups try to divert public attention away from migration, jobs, and wages.
For example, pro-migration groups commission and publicize skewed polls which prod Americans to voice support for attractive young migrants — such as ‘dreamers’ — or for foreign doctors, and to publicly endorse the 1960s myth that the United States is a nation of immigrants, not a nation of and for Americans.
Please read @NeilMunroDC 's latest before you assume (as I once did) that H-1B "guestworkers" are all super-skilled foreign tech whizzes doing work Americans can't do. I'm sure some are, but most …. https://t.co/MRvndFDXsQ
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) May 25, 2020