September 20, 2005--Seventy-six percent (76%)
of American voters say it is too easy for people from other countries to
enter the United States. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 11%
take the opposite view and believe it is too hard.
The survey also found that 63% believe that
"current immigration laws" are a threat to national security. Just 20%
Sixty-two percent (62%) consider the laws a
threat to the U.S. economy while 23% disagree.
Neither political party has carved out an
advantage on this emerging issue. Forty-one percent (41%) of Americans
prefer the Democrats to handle immigration issues while 39% prefer the
Married Americans (67%) are more likely to see
immigration as a national security threat than those who are not married
(56%). There is a smaller gap between married and unmarried on the
question of an economic threat from current economic laws.
There is no significant gender gap or racial
divide on these questions.
Republicans (76%) are more likely than
Democrats (57%) to see immigration laws as a national security threat. By
a smaller margin, 67% to 61%, Republicans are also more likely to see
immigration laws as an economic threat.
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This survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 14, 2005. The margin of
sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of