An overwhelming majority of Americans want limited legal immigration and as many support skills-based over a family-based immigration system.
Eighty-one percent of Americans want one million or fewer legal immigrants to the United States per year, according to new polling data released Monday by the Harvard-Harris poll, a number lower than the 1.38 million who came to the United States in 2015.
The results cut across racial and ideological lines.
…the public seems to generally be on board with a more restrictive, merit-based immigration system. Americans prefer a system of prioritizing would-be legal immigrants based on their ability to contribute, based on their education and skills, over one based on immigrants having relatives in the United States, 79 to 21 percent. That includes a majority of white (79 percent), Hispanic (72 percent), and black (85 percent) citizens, as well as majorities of Democrats (72 percent), liberals (65 percent), and Clinton voters (72 percent).FreeBeacon
Additionally, Americans support doing away with the so-called diversity visa lottery 68 to 32 percent. The lottery, with its 50,000 visas allocated to nations otherwise underrepresented in the mix of immigrants arriving in the United States, has been a frequent target of criticism by Trump and congressional Republicans.
Respondents also backed tougher border security: 61 percent say that current security is inadequate, and 54 percent support a “combination of physical and electronic barriers” along the southern border. FreeBeacon
Approval for President Trump’s handling on immigration.
Interestingly, the poll finds 56 percent disapproval for President Donald Trump’s handling on immigration so far, but the respondents seem to like his actual positions…
This inconsistency pretty strongly indicates that the disapproval numbers are based largely on the media’s caricature of Trump’s positions and performance rather than the substance itself. We’ve seen this before — remember when George Washington University Students bashed what they thought was the Trump/GOP tax plan, but then endorsed the specific details when told they came from Bernie Sanders? TheFederalist