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  60% Favor Barrier on Mexican Border

Survey of 1,500 Adults

November 4-6, 2005

In terms of how you vote for President and Congress, how important is the issue of immigration?

Very Important 46%
Somewhat Important 29%
Not Very Important 15%
Not at All Important 6%


If an illegal alien gives birth to a child in the United States, should that child be entitled to United States citizenship?

Yes 41%
No 49%


Another proposal has been made to build a barrier along the U. S. - Mexico border. Do you favor or oppose building a barrier to help reduce illegal immigration?

Yes 60%
No 26%



November 7, 2005--Seventy-five percent (75%) of Americans say that immigration issue are somewhat or very important in terms of how they will vote for President and Congress on Election Day. That includes 46% who consider the issue "very important."

Sixty percent (60%) of Americans say they favor building a barrier along the border between the United States and Mexico to help reduce illegal immigration. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 26% are opposed to this approach.

Forty-nine percent (49%) also favor a proposal that would end "birthright" citizenship to children born of illegal aliens in the United States. Forty-one percent (41%) are opposed.

Under current law, anyone born in the United States is automatically eligible for citizenship. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Americans know that this is currently the law.

Republicans in Congress are considering proposals to end birthright citizenship and to build a barrier along the Mexican border.

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Politically, these proposal draw more support from Republicans and unaffiliated voters than from Democrats. For example, the proposal to end birthright citizenship is supported by 56% of Republicans and 51% of those not affiliated with either major party. However, just 40% of Democrats agree.

Fifty percent (50%) of Democrats say that anyone born in the U.S. should be entitled to citizenship.

An earlier survey found that Americans had a generally positive view of the volunteer citizen patrols along the Mexican border.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans say that the immigration issue is somewhat or very important. That view is shared by 69% of Democrats and 75% of unaffiliateds.

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The telephone survey of 1,500 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 4-6, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. 37% of survey respondents were Republican, 37% Democrat, and 26% unaffiliated (see Methodology)

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