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Voters Question U.S. Birthright Citizenship Policy

President Trump is pushing to end the long-standing process of birthright citizenship, and voters tend to agree that having a child in the United States should not be a free pass for illegal immigrants to stay in this country. Most voters also continue to believe that immigrants should have to prove they are in the country legally before receiving any form of government assistance.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that nearly half (48%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe illegal immigrants who have American-born children should not be exempt from deportation. Thirty-eight percent (38%) feel they should be exempt, while 14% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on October 31-November 1, 2018 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 U.S. Voters was conducted on October 31-November 1, 2018 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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