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  • Poll Shows More Support for Illegal Immigrants

    Survey reports 47% of Californians believe such residents have a 'favorable impact.'

    By Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
    March 10, 2006

    The majority of Californians support a guest-worker program for illegal immigrants and do not believe that they are taking jobs from the state's residents, according to a statewide poll released Thursday.

    In addition, those surveyed hold a more positive view of illegal immigrants than in previous years, the nonpartisan Field Poll reported. Forty-seven percent of those surveyed last month believe that undocumented immigrants are having a "favorable impact" on the state, compared to 19% in 1982.

    Voters and nonvoters, however, hold dramatically different views on the subject. About 36% of voters believe illegal immigrants have a favorable impact on the state, compared to 64% of nonvoters.

    The poll comes a week after the U.S. Senate began debating a series of immigration reforms. The House passed legislation in December that emphasized employer sanctions and tighter enforcement along the border.

    The Republican Party also has endorsed a guest-worker program, which President Bush has said needs to be a central part of immigration reform.

    The Field Poll reported that 65% of people surveyed last month said they supported a temporary worker program, which would provide legal status for undocumented laborers. Seventy percent said they believed that illegal immigrants are generally doing jobs others don't want.

    Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said Thursday's poll results reflect the increasing population of noncitizens in the state.

    "The demographics of California now are very different than the demographics of California 20 years ago," DiCamillo said. California's improving economy and low unemployment also were factors in the survey results, he said.

    According to the poll, public attitudes toward undocumented immigrants obtaining driver's licenses are also changing. Forty-four percent of those surveyed believe illegal immigrants should be able to get licenses, compared to 35% a year ago.

    But again, there are stark differences between those who are registered to vote and those who are not. Only 33% of voters support licenses, compared to 61% of nonvoters.

    The Real ID act last year required states to replace current driver's licenses with forgery-proof identification cards by 2008, but Congress gave states the option to create distinct licenses for illegal immigrants. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed such a bill last year.

    Reshma Shamasunder, director of the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative, said the Field Poll results are encouraging because they show that more Californians understand the contributions of immigrants.

    But Barbara Coe, chairwoman of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, said she was skeptical about the results, given the escalating support for civilian border patrols and sanctions for employers who hire illegal workers.

    "Am I putting a lot of stock" in the survey? she said. "No, I am not."

    The poll was based on a random telephone survey of 500 California adults conducted in both English and Spanish over a two-week period in February, according to the director. The sample included 337 registered voters and 163 who were not registered to vote. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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    Survey reports 47% of Californians believe such residents have a 'favorable impact.'

    By Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
    March 10, 2006

    The majority of Californians support a guest-worker program for illegal immigrants and do not believe that they are taking jobs from the state's residents, according to a statewide poll released Thursday.

    In addition, those surveyed hold a more positive view of illegal immigrants than in previous years, the nonpartisan Field Poll reported. Forty-seven percent of those surveyed last month believe that undocumented immigrants are having a "favorable impact" on the state, compared to 19% in 1982.

    Voters and nonvoters, however, hold dramatically different views on the subject. About 36% of voters believe illegal immigrants have a favorable impact on the state, compared to 64% of nonvoters.

    The poll comes a week after the U.S. Senate began debating a series of immigration reforms. The House passed legislation in December that emphasized employer sanctions and tighter enforcement along the border.

    The Republican Party also has endorsed a guest-worker program, which President Bush has said needs to be a central part of immigration reform.

    The Field Poll reported that 65% of people surveyed last month said they supported a temporary worker program, which would provide legal status for undocumented laborers. Seventy percent said they believed that illegal immigrants are generally doing jobs others don't want.

    Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said Thursday's poll results reflect the increasing population of noncitizens in the state.

    "The demographics of California now are very different than the demographics of California 20 years ago," DiCamillo said. California's improving economy and low unemployment also were factors in the survey results, he said.

    According to the poll, public attitudes toward undocumented immigrants obtaining driver's licenses are also changing. Forty-four percent of those surveyed believe illegal immigrants should be able to get licenses, compared to 35% a year ago.

    But again, there are stark differences between those who are registered to vote and those who are not. Only 33% of voters support licenses, compared to 61% of nonvoters.

    The Real ID act last year required states to replace current driver's licenses with forgery-proof identification cards by 2008, but Congress gave states the option to create distinct licenses for illegal immigrants. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed such a bill last year.

    Reshma Shamasunder, director of the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative, said the Field Poll results are encouraging because they show that more Californians understand the contributions of immigrants.

    But Barbara Coe, chairwoman of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, said she was skeptical about the results, given the escalating support for civilian border patrols and sanctions for employers who hire illegal workers.

    "Am I putting a lot of stock" in the survey? she said. "No, I am not."

    The poll was based on a random telephone survey of 500 California adults conducted in both English and Spanish over a two-week period in February, according to the director. The sample included 337 registered voters and 163 who were not registered to vote. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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    • #3
      "Seventy percent said they believed that illegal immigrants are generally doing jobs others don't want. "

      This statement above is so true and im glad that the American public aknowledge the fact that 90% of undocumented workers does job that American citizen refuses to do.We have migrants-hater lying to the public, telling them they are doing job that you and i would enjoy doing, which is untrue..I know i would hate to work at mcdonald or on a farm field under terrible temperature.
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      "The demographics of California now are very different than the demographics of California 20 years ago," DiCamillo said. California's improving economy and low unemployment also were factors in the survey results, he said.

      Again, the hard core American people does not take migrants as a threat like the small anti-migrants groups wants you to believe..This is why the American public never take to the streets to denounce undocumented migrants by organizing massive rallies.

      The American public are very passionate about the abortion issue, marriage /*** rights,security from terrorist ec etc and have rallied to make their sentiment heard..When bush was ready to sell Americans ports to an arab country, the American flooded their lawmakers with calls and made sure that the deal doesnt go throught.
      but when it comes to immigration, the american public arent unified about deporting all of them like tancredo want you to believe.

      In fact, the majority of the American public support a guest worker program that would allow those migrants with "deep roots" in the US, to remain, as long as they do not own any criminal records and pay back taxes..I beleive that the majority of the American public are fair minded and are forgiven peoples.

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      • #4
        You amuse me, albatross23

        I could bet my brains that you work either for FAIR or NumbersUS or some other non-prof. org. like that.

        Look, I must say that you guys did and still doing a terrific job.
        As a result you will most likely succeed in passing "Enforcement Only" legislation.

        Best Regards,
        IE

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        • #5
          The American public doesn't want amnesty for illegal aliens, either--so that leaves
          Congress precisely where they're at, between the rock and the hard place.

          Note also, in the poll reported above, registered voters DO NOT have the reported attitudes toward illegal aliens. And since the poll was done in English AND Spanish, it's a safe bet that a number of respondents were illegals themselves, or immigrants.

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