Majority Backs Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants in New Poll
A majority of Americans favor an immigration reform plan that allows undocumented people to apply for legal status, according to a new poll released Thursday.
Fifty-two percent say they support such a plan while 46 percent oppose it, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey shows.
The survey shows that a majority of the public favors the general outline of a comprehensive immigration reform plan that President Barack Obama is expected to push in his second term.
For the first time in NBC's poll, a majority say they support a path to legal status. The question was last posed in April 2007, when President George W. Bush spearheaded a push for comprehensive immigration reform. Then, 44 percent supported legal status while 51 percent opposed it.
But what to do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. remains one of the most difficult problems to resolve for lawmakers.
In a separate Hart Research Associates/Public Opinion Strategies poll sponsored by pro-immigration reform groups, including the National Immigration Forum, America's Voice, and SEIU, 63 percent of respondents say they want immigration reform to include a path to citizenship.
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