Nearly three-quarters of Americans (72%) say undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. legally if certain conditions are met, according to a new poll.
It also found that most Americans (69%) say people who are in the U.S. illegally are no more likely than citizens to commit serious crimes.
The poll results put President Trump at odds with the vast majority of American public opinion. It was carried out by the respected PEW Research Center.
- Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) say the federal government is doing a very bad or somewhat bad job dealing with the increased number of people seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
- 82% of Americans say it is important to provide safe and sanitary conditions for asylum seekers once they arrive in the United States, including 52% who say this is very important.
- 74% say it is at least somewhat important to reduce the number of people coming to the U.S. to seek asylum
- 69% say it is important to provide more assistance to countries in places like Central America, where many asylum seekers are coming from.
Although there was a partisan split on some questions, the key point is that even most Republicans support a legal path to citizenship for undocumented migrants.