Survey: More Americans Back Citizenship For Undocumented Workers


A new survey published this morning by the Brookings Institution and the Pubic Religion Research Institute reveals that more than 6 in 10 Americans think undocumented immigrants should be granted a path to citizenship. The survey found that 63 percent of respondents back citizenship for those without documentation, while 21 percent favor deportation.

The survey—which also examined religion and values—showed that while the immigration debate has often dominated political rhetoric, it's not a top issue for most Americans. In fact, respondents ranked immigration reform sixth out of seven issues that should be priorities for the president and Congress, with the nation's economy taking precedence.

The survey found that respondents strongly supported keeping families together as one of the values that should guide immigration reform, with 84 percent calling it very important or extremely important.