According to a recent Gallup poll a majority of Americans (64%) want to see less foreigners migrate into this country. The poll taken from January 5-8, 2012 show that nearly two out of three Americans are dissatisfied with the level of immigration. Of 17 issues Gallup presented during the polling, the immigration issue came in third place.
According to Gallup, when posing a follow-up question only to those who say they are dissatisfied with the current level of immigration, asking whether the level of immigration should be increased, decreased, or remain the same. The net result is that 42% of all Americans are dissatisfied with the level of immigration and want it decreased—down from 50% four years ago. Just 6% are dissatisfied and want the level of immigration increased, unchanged from 2008 but slightly higher than in previous years.
It is important to note that Gallup’s question does not distinguish between legal and illegal immigration.