By Mark Hensch
August 24, 2016
Voter support for decreasing immigration into the U.S. is little changed since last year, according to a new poll.
Thirty-eight percent favor shrinking the number of the nation’s new immigrants in the Gallup survey out Wednesday.
Wednesday’s results are only four points higher than last year’s edition of the same poll, when 34 percent gave that response.
Pollsters also found scant difference in voter support for increasing or maintaining the current U.S. immigration levels since 2015.
Twenty-one percent support increasing immigration into the U.S., a four-point decrease from 25 percent last year.
Thirty-eight percent back keeping immigration levels steady, meanwhile, a two-point decrease from 2015.
Gallup conducted its latest sampling of 3,270 adults via telephone interviews from June 7-July 1. It has a 3 percent margin of error.
The polling firm said Wednesday its questioning about immigrant volume did not specify whether it concerns legal or illegal immigration. Respondents, in theory, could take both versions into account.
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has made strengthening border security and dealing with illegal immigration key parts of his message.
Trump on Tuesday, however, voiced openness to easing immigration law if the circumstances were right for America.
“There certainly can be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” he told host Sean Hannity during an interview on Fox News’s “Hannity."
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