Since 1965, Gallup has been surveying Americans to ask them if they wanted more immigration, less immigration, or to keep the number of immigrants who enter the U.S. the same. For 30 years, from 1965 to 1995, only 7 percent of those polled said they wanted the U.S. to expand immigration. Far more people said they wanted immigration reduced, peaking at 65 percent in 1995.
The latest figures
Since then, support for immigration has gradually increased, while opposition has gone down. In the latest poll, 34 percent said they favored more immigration. Just 28 percent said they wanted fewer immigrants, the lowest percentage in the poll’s history. Meanwhile, 36 percent said they were happy with the immigration level as it is.
Immigration called a good thing for the U.S.
While people do not agree on U.S. immigration policy, most agree that immigration as a whole is good for the country. When asked if “immigration is a good thing or a bad thing for this country today,” 77 percent called it a good thing. Just 19 percent called immigration a bad thing. This is the highest level of support for immigrants in the Gallup poll since at least 2001, though the survey has consistently called immigration a positive for the U.S.
Get legal help for your immigration goals
Immigration is always a controversial topic in politics. On a personal level, you are in this country because you want a better life for yourself and your family. If you need to go through adjustment of status to obtain permanent residency (a green card), consult an immigration attorney about how they can help.