CA voters in poll say immigrants are beneficial


A recent poll conducted by the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Los Angeles Times and SurveyMonkey found that California voters are more likely than the rest of the nation to see immigrants as beneficial to society.

The poll — which took place from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3 and asked more than 5,000 people about their thoughts on immigration, government and the economy — took into account voters’ political affiliations and demographics and tested samples from California and the nation at large.

According to USC News, the poll found that 59 percent of California voters believe that immigrants strengthen society and 35 percent believe that they weaken it. In comparison, only 49 percent of U.S. voters believe that immigration is beneficial while 43 percent believe it is detrimental.

However, the poll also found that 41 percent of California voters believe that immigrants cause financial difficulties, while 10 percent say that they make things easier financially and 39 percent say that they make no difference. These results, according to Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Director Dan Schnur, demonstrate that Californians recognize the short-term challenges of immigration as well as the long-term benefits.

“It’s not surprising that Californians are much more positive about the benefits of immigration than voters nationally, but even our state’s residents recognize that immigration can present economic challenges as well,” Schnur told USC News.

The results of the poll showed a clear division among party lines, with the majority of Democrats harboring positive feelings about immigration and cultural diversity and the majority of Republicans coming out against it. Furthermore, demographics play a role as well; a majority of younger and minority voters in California supported immigration.

The poll also tested voters’ opinions on economic inequality, with 59 percent of California voters stating that an economic system that favors the wealthy is a significant issue and only 39 percent citing government regulation of the free market as a bigger problem.

  • James Whalen

    ILLEGAL Immigrants are a detriment but people who want to work hard and build a life for their families should always be welcome. There will be moochers in any group!

  • Lance

    Immigrants and minorities are now a major force in America. They and the children they
    bear account for 60 percent of our nation’s population growth, own 11 percent
    of US businesses, and are 60 percent more likely to start a new business than
    native-born Americans. In fact, forty percent of Fortune 500 companies were
    started by an immigrant or a child of an immigrant, creating 10 million jobs
    and seven out of ten top brands in our country.

    More importantly, the vast majority of these
    human beings—both legal and undocumented—come to improve their lives and create
    a foundation of success for their children to build upon, bringing skills and a
    willingness to work hard to make their dreams a reality, something our founders
    did four hundred years ago.

    However, most struggle in their efforts and need guidance in Anytown, USA.
    Perhaps intelligent immigration reform, White House/Congress and business/labor
    cooperation, concerned citizens and informative books can extend a helping hand,
    the same unwavering hand, lest we forget, that has been the anchor and lighthouse of American values for four
    hundred years.

    A new award-winning worldwide book/ebook
    that can help immigrants and minorities and is endorsed by ambassadors,
    educators, and editors: “What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A
    To Z: How to Understand Crazy American Culture, People, Government, Business,
    Language and More.”

    Here’s a closing quote from the book’s
    Intro: “With all of our cultural differences though, you’ll be surprised to
    learn how much…we as human beings have in common on this little third rock from
    the sun. After all, the song played at our Disneyland parks around the world is
    ‘It’s A Small World After All.’ Peace.”

  • everydayjohn

    Regardless of this type POLL – it is very clear ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION is NOT GOOD for any STATE in USA or its territories! DRUG ADDICTS & ILLEGALS are NOT GOOD items.

  • Bear_the_dog

    Are we talking LEGAL or ILLEGAL immigration? If done appropriately, immigration is good. We can build on talents from all around the world. Illegal immigration is a totally different issue and is the only true problem with immigration. Illegal immigrants are cheaters and violate the law for their own selfish reasons. They are a slap in the face to the legal immigrants that have jumped through all the hoops and legal processes required to enter this nation legally. They try to demand the rights of legal residents, sometimes even more than legal residents.

  • Havid Damburger

    Sounds like a bias poll