Liberals and open border advocates are celebrating the new results by Pew Research Center that found a whopping 72 percent of the American people support amnesty for illegal immigrants.
According to that poll, a majority of every single demographic group supports amnesty, including conservative Republicans.
Unfortunately for the left, this poll cannot be taken seriously due to a huge flaw in the framing of the question.
It reads: “Which comes closer to your view about how to handle undocumented immigrants who are now living in the U.S.?”
“They should not be allowed to stay in this country legally or There should be a way for them to stay in the country legally if certain requirements are met.” (Emphasis added.)
Without including specifics about the phrase “certain requirements,” respondents are left to their imagination–rendering the poll meaningless.
Do “certain requirements” mean substantial financial penalties and waiting periods or does it only mean they have not committed felonies?
Those details matter.
Had the poll been worded differently — “Should we legalize the 11 million illegal immigrants at an estimated cost of $6.3 trillion,” for example — the results would certainly have been different.
One straightforward question the poll asked was whether Americans were in favor of increasing, decreasing, or keeping immigration levels the same. Pew Research respondents said they would rather see legal immigration decreased rather than increased, and that opinion garnered majority support from all political parties.