Less than quarter of voters say illegal immigrants should be counted in assigning Congress seats
The poll found opposition to including illegal immigrants comes from 72% of White voters, 67% of Black voters, and 57% of Hispanic voters.
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Just 23% of U.S. voters say illegal immigrants should be included in population counts for determining representation in Congress. Seventy-percent (70%) disagree, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.
The poll results come as California, Florida and Texas would each lose a House seat if President Trump succeeds in getting illegal immigrants removed from the 2020 U.S. census, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.
Rasmussen noted that the poll found opposition to including illegal immigrants comes from 72% of White voters, 67% of Black voters, and 57% of Hispanic voters. Opposition also comes from 88% of conservatives, 68% of moderates, and 51% of liberals.
A solid plurality (41%) of all voters believe all legal residents should be included (both citizens and others).
Just the News Daily Poll respondents were asked "Representation in Congress is based upon population--the larger the state is the more representatives it has. When it comes to determining representation in Congress, who should be included in the population counts?" They replied as below:
- 29% Only US citizens
- 41% US citizens and others who are legal residents
- 23% Everybody who lives in a state, including illegal immigrants
- 7% Not Sure
The national survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted July 23-25, 2020 by Rasmussen, a polling veteran. Margin of sampling error: +/- 2.8% for full sample.
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