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Nineteen percent (19%) of voters nationwide believe that illegal immigration is good for the United States. A Political IQ survey found that 60% believe illegal immigration is bad while 21% are not sure.

At the same time, just 15% of voters believe that legal immigration is bad for the nation. Seventy percent (70%) take the opposite view while 14% are not sure.

A majority of every measured demographic group believes that legal immigration is good for the nation. That includes 79% of Democrats, 67% of Independents, and 63% of Republicans.

As for illegal immigration, a majority of most demographic groups believe that it is bad for the nation. There are three exceptions–Black voters, Democrats, and liberals.

Among Black voters and Democrats, a plurality sees illegal immigration as bad for the nation. Forty-one percent (41%) of Black voters hold that view while 31% see it as good. The numbers are almost identical for Democrats.

However, liberal voters are more evenly divided. Among these voters, 34% see illegal immigration as good for the nation and just 37% see it as bad.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from December 10-12, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 199 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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