2010-07-28t200439z_01_hnr01_rtridsp_0_usa-immigration-arizona

A new poll released by the Center for Immigration Studies shows the majority of likely voters simply want illegal immigrants to head back to their home countries.

A new poll using neutral language — and avoiding the false choice of conditional legalization vs. mass
deportations — finds that most Americans want illegal immigrants to return to their home counties,
rather than be given legal status. The findings also show a very large gap in intensity, with those who want
illegal immigrants to head home feeling much stronger about that option than those who would like to see illegal
immigrants receive legal status.

•Of likely voters, 52 percent responded that they preferred to see illegal immigrants in the United States go
back to their home countries, compared to just 33 percent who would like them to be given legal status.

•There is an enormous gap in intensity between the two views on immigration. Of those who want illegal
immigrants to head home, 73 percent indicated that they felt “very strongly” about that view, while just 35
percent of those who want illegal immigrants to get legal status said they felt very strongly about this view.