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Informed Midwesterners More Likely to Support Immigration Reform

RESEARCH Public Opinion Survey by Dina Smeltz and Craig Kafura
US-Mexico border crossing
Simon Foot

While the midwestern public is somewhat divided on specific reforms, those who have accurate information about shifting immigration flows and changing labor needs express majority support for key immigration policy proposals.

Introduction

While the midwestern public is somewhat divided on specific reforms, those who have accurate information about shifting immigration flows and changing labor needs express majority support for key immigration policy proposals.

Key Findings

A public opinion survey published by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs finds a majority of Midwesterners who have accurate information about shifting immigration flows and changing labor needs support key immigration policy proposals. 

According to Chicago Council Survey data, Americans today are considerably less threatened by immigration than they have been in the past two decades. Despite this trend, Midwesterners are split over whether to pursue a comprehensive immigration reform package or an incremental approach (38% comprehensive versus 41% incremental).