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Just 14% Think It’s Too Easy to Become a U.S. Citizen

Fewer Americans now think it’s too easy to become a citizen of the United States, but then again, most are already citizens of this country.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 14% of American Adults now believe it is too easy to become a U.S. citizen. Twice as many (28%) felt that way in 2014. Slightly more (19%) think it’s too hard to become a citizen of the United States, little changed from earlier surveys.

More than half (53%) think the level of difficulty to become a U.S. citizen is about right, up from 36% four years ago and 42% in 2013. Another 14% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 22-23, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 22-23, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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