Americans feel more strongly than ever that the lack of immigration law enforcement directly effects poverty in the country.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of Adults say if immigration laws were enforced, there would be less poverty in America. Only 19% disagree with that assessment, while 20% are not sure.
The number of adults who feel there would be less poverty is up 16 points from early July 2007 when only 45% of Americans felt that way. At that time, 32% disagreed.
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans and 58% of adults not affiliated with either political party feel there would be less poverty if immigration laws were enforced, a view shared by just 48% of Democrats.
Men—by a 67% to 56% margin—are more likely than women to believe enforcing immigration laws would reduce poverty.
Adults under the age of 50 are more inclined to agree that there would be less poverty if immigration laws were enforced than their elders.