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U.S. divided on how many immigrants, asylum-seekers should be allowed in: Poll

By Lee Cleveland - March 9, 2023

A recent survey has found that Americans are divided on the number of immigrants and asylum-seekers who should be allowed into the country, with no clear majority or consensus in sight.

Tuesday saw the release of a fresh poll which indicated that opinions are divided on the number of immigrant asylum-seekers that should be permitted to enter the United States of America.

The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research’s survey revealed that 44 percent of Americans think the number of immigrants allowed into the U.S. should be decreased while 34% said it should stay as is and 20% proposed an increase.

Key takeaway: The 44 percent who believe immigration is a big problem (or that we’re accepting too many immigrants) is outnumbered by the 54 percent who approve of the status quo or want the U.S. to accept more immigrants.

In the results of a poll, approximately 43% expressed that there should be a decrease in asylum-seekers. A minor jump was seen in the number of people who think the number should be increased, standing at 24%. The other 30% said it should remain unchanged.

A majority of Republicans favor a reduction in immigrants allowed into the country and people seeking asylum, with 65% and 68% respectively.

Republicans have criticized the Biden administration for the increased migrant influx at the U.S.-Mexico border. Data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows that encounters at this border in December were higher than during any other period of Biden’s presidency – with 250,000+ individuals recorded.

According to the White House, the number of border crossings went down drastically to 150,000 in January due to the implementation of new asylum regulations.

The AP-NORC poll was conducted Feb. 16-20 with 1,247 adults with a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.