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46% Think Tougher Border Control Unlikely If New Immigration Law Passes

Voters continue to favor a welcoming immigration policy but still feel more strongly that stricter border control has to come first. They’re evenly divided, however, over whether the government will make more of an effort to control the border if a new bipartisan immigration reform proposal is passed by Congress.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters agree that the goal of immigration policy should be to keep out only national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system. Twenty-six percent (26%) disagree with that goal for immigration policy. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 29-30, 2013 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 Likely Voters was conducted on January 29-30, 2013 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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