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Boise State Public Policy Survey: Idahoans Weigh In on Immigration

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More findings have surfaced from a new public policy survey released today by the Boise State University School of Public Service.

Among the many topics Idahoans were asked to weigh in on were education, jobs and the economy, health care, the environment and transportation.

Some of the survey's more interesting findings were people's opinions on immigration.

When asked if immigration helps Idaho more than it hurts, nearly 48 percent of respondents said it helps. But as the respondents' ages got younger, that number climbed. For example, of those 65 years and older, only 33 percent said immigration helps Idaho. Among those aged 45-54, more than 50 percent reported feeling immigration was a net benefit to the state while respondents aged 30-44 had the most favorable opinion, at up to 56 percent.

Respondents were also asked:
"When it comes to illegal immigration, which solution do you think makes the most sense for the United States? No. 1: Provide a pathway to citizenship for all immigrants in the U.S. illegally. No. 2: Provide legal status but not citizenship. Or No. 3. Deport all illegal immigrants to their home country." 
Overall, 45 percent of respondents chose No. 2 as a possible solution, higher than the other choices. That number rose to more than 58 percent among Magic Valley respondents.