Pro-Immigration Survey Backfires, Shows the Public Wants 'American First' Policy

Pro-Immigration Survey Backfires, Shows the Public Wants 'American First' Policy


Strong majorities of Americans believe U.S. migration policy should first serve the interests of their fellow Americans, according to an opinion survey by the pro-migration Cato Institute.

“Nearly two-thirds (63%) of Americans say it’s more important when making immigration policy to consider what ‘benefits the United States and its current citizens,’” said the April 27 survey of 2,600 U.S. adults.

But, the survey added, “thirty‐​seven percent (37%) believe it’s more important to consider what benefits the most people regardless of nationality.”

Conservatives back the America first view by more than 80 percent, while the critical, swing-voting, election-deciding “moderates” strongly favor the pro-America perspective by 61 percent to 38 percent, says the survey, which is titled “E Pluribus Unum: Findings from the Cato Institute 2021 Immigration and Identity National Survey.”

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