Saturday, August 27, 2016

Most Don't Share Trump's View Of Undocumented Immigrants

Donald Trump has a very negative opinion of undocumented immigrants (especially those from South of the Border). He says they are lazy and dishonest, prone to commit crimes, and take jobs that American citizens would like to have. And he evidently thinks that a majority of American voters share his bigoted views, because he has made his anti-immigrant bigotry a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.

He is wrong -- very wrong. A new poll shows that only 24% think that those undocumented immigrants take jobs that American citizens want, while 71% says they do not. An even larger 76% say undocumented immigrants are as honest and hard-working as citizens are (while only 18% say they aren't). And 67% say undocumented immigrants are no more likely to commit crimes than citizens are (while only 27% say they are).

Note that this is the view of all racial groups and both political parties. Trump's odious ideas are not shared by a majority of his own political party. Trump has made a big mistake in basing his campaign on bigotry and hatred. That worked well enough with the GOP's teabagger crowd to get him the nomination, but it's not a popular view with the general public -- and it'll cost him any chance to win the presidency in November.

The charts above were made from the results of a new Pew Research Center survey -- done between August 9th and 16th of a random national sample of 2,010 adults, with a margin of error of 2.5 points.

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