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GOP Voters See Merit-Based System As Legal Immigration Solution

President Trump has proposed moving toward a merit-based legal immigration system that grants visas based on one’s skill levels rather than their family connections. Republican voters think that’s a pretty good solution.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 60% of Republican voters favor moving to a merit-based system for legal immigration, while most Democrats (55%) want to keep the existing family-based system. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 47% favor switching to a merit-based system, while 32% want to stay on the existing family-based one. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 3-4, 2017 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 April 3-4, 2017 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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