A nation divided on immigration
The public is about evenly divided on the question of whether the growing number of immigrants from overseas “threaten traditional American customs and values.” Forty-six percent agree with that sentiment and 48 percent disagree, according to new data released by the Pew Research Center on American values (an ongoing project that began in 1987).
A closer look at the data reveals significant splits along racial, age, and party lines that could give us clues about how views on immigration correspond with how different groups will vote in the fall.
Pew found that the split on the view of immigrants’ affect on society has hardly changed over the last decade, but it has become a more partisan issue, along with many other issues over that time period.
Six in ten Republicans say that immigrants threaten traditional American values whereas 39 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of independents. Ten years ago, GOP and Democratic views were nearly the same: 54 percent of Republicans saw immigrants as a threat to American values along with 50 percent of Democrats.
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