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A new Rasmussen poll reveals that many Americans view illegal immigration as a source of major crime as well as a significant strain on taxpayer’s wallets.
The data finds that 44 percent of likely U.S. voters “think illegal immigration increases the level of serious crime in America,” writes Rasmussen, in contrast with 41 percent who say illegal immigration has no impact at all.
There’s a bigger gap when it comes to illegal immigrants’ impact on the U.S. budget, with 49 percent who believe illegal immigration is a big drain on their wallets and 37 percent who say the opposite.
Fourteen-percent (14%) poll undecided.
Along party lines, Republicans view illegal immigration as a more serious threat, to both public safety and their wallets, than Democrats.
Seventy-four percent (74%) of GOP voters say illegal immigration increases the level of serious crime, compared to just 16 percent of Democrats. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Democrats say illegal immigration has no impact whatsoever.
Among independents, 44 percent agree with most Republican respondents that illegal immigrants are a source of major crime.
The survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted on Mar. 26 and Mar. 27. It has a margin sampling error of three percentage points.
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