What do San Diegans Really Believe on Immigration Issues?

In June 2007, a well-respected research firm surveyed a cross-section of county voters. This is one of the most recent, and most local polls carried out in San Diego only.  Also to consider is that this poll was conducted after the height of the immigration debate that was raging throughout the country, which allowed voters to come to their own conclusions after hearing the arguments from both sides.

Despite being uncertain about how undocumented immigrants impact their lives, the poll’s findings revealed that there is a silent majority who very often do not share the views of anti-immigrant politicians such as Brian Bilbray and Duncan D. Hunter, and less so with the  more extremist groups such as the Minutemen.

For example, an overwhelming majority of voters agreed that undocumented immigrants are mostly trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. Two-thirds of voters agreed that it’s impractical to talk about sending back the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants.

When asked about specific immigration reform proposals, a majority of voters expressed support for creating a path to earned legalization for the undocumented, for increasing the number of family visas, and for providing visas to immigrant workers with full labor protections.

Voters also expressed support for reasonable border enforcement, but they opposed the building of a wall the entire length of the border.

Seeing that immigration is once again at the forefront, we encourage everyone to view the results of this poll to get a realistic assessment of where San Diego stands on immigration issues.

Please download the poll results here.