Poll: Support dropping for pathway to citizenship

Almost a quarter of those surveyed say the attacks in Boston changed their mind on immigration reform

By Jillian Rayfield
Published May 2, 2013 5:23PM (UTC)
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A new poll from Quinnipiac shows that support for a pathway to citizenship has dropped by 7 points in just one month, with 23 percent saying their stance on immigration reform has changed since the attacks in Boston.

Fifty-two percent of voters surveyed said that they support allowing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. When the same question was asked on April 4, 59 percent said they supported it.

From the poll:

Illegal immigrants should be required to leave, 30 percent of voters say, up from 25 percent four weeks ago.

Creating a path to citizenship for illegal aliens would increase the likelihood of terrorism, 22 percent of voters say, while 66 percent say it will not make a difference. And 23 percent of voters say that the Boston bombing has changed their mind on whether there should be a path to citizenship for such immigrants.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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