A majority of Americans believe that illegal immigration is a serious problem, according to the most recent YouGov poll.
The poll, conducted Feb. 18-20, asked respondents, “How serious a problem is illegal immigration in the U.S. as a whole?”
A majority (32% “serious,” 21% “somewhat serious”) considered illegal immigration to be a serious problem while 28% said it is a “minor problem.” Another nine percent said it is “not a problem” while 10% were not sure.
Furthermore, just 19% of those surveyed wanted an increase in legal immigration while 27% called for a decrease. Thirty-seven percent of respondents did not want a change in immigration levels.
YouGov conducted its survey as Congress tries to find a solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty program. President Donald Trump has indicated he would be willing to give nearly two million so-called Dreamers a path to citizenship in exchange for limits to chain migration and funding for the border wall. But Democrats have been vehement in their opposition to any cuts in legal immigration, claiming in sensational ways that it is just Trump’s attempt, in the words of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), to “make America white again.”
YouGov surveyed 1,500 people, and the poll’s margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points.