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Survey finds 6 in 10 Floridians support pathway to citizenship



More than 6 in 10 Floridians support allowing illegal immigrants to become citizens if they meet certain requirements, according to a new poll. The finding matches national support.

“Support for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who are already living in the United States is that rarest of rarities in our polarized political environment—a policy that enjoys majority support across partisan and religious lines,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, which conducted the survey with the Brookings Institution.

Only 20 percent of those surveyed in Florida said they favored giving legal status but not a path to citizenshi. Eighteen percent said illegal immigrants should be deported.

The survey also found overwhelming support for a dual approach to the issue, with 71 percent of Floridians saying the border should be secured along with providing an "earned" path to citizenship.

Asked if immigrants take away American jobs or take jobs Americans don't want, 71 percent said the latter.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:36am]


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