POLL: Americans are Increasingly Worried About Immigration
According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans’ satisfaction with immigration levels into the country has dropped by six percentage points in the last year, falling from 34% in January 2022 to 28% in the present.
US public satisfaction with immigration was at its lowest in 2007 and 2008, at 23% and 24%, respectively. For perspective, satisfaction with immigration levels reached 40% and 41%, in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
The growing worries about immigration are warranted due to the present crisis at the Southern border. The US government has reported that migrants’ attempts to cross the US border in 2021 grew by fourfold after reaching 1.7 million. Over 2 million migrant encounters took place in 2022.
Per Department of Homeland Security figures, these numbers could increased twofold if Title 42, a Wuhan virus pandemic era policy that grants border agents the power to expel migrants if they are perceived as a public health threat, is repealed.
63% of Americans are dissatisfied with immigration levels. The majority of the dissatisfied group (64%, which is roughly 40% of US adults) said that they want to reduce immigration. Only 8% are dissatisfied because they want to increase immigration. The rest of the 15% are dissatisfied but want the level to stay the same or are unsure.
In the last two years, the percentage of individuals dissatisfied with immigration due to it being too high has grown drastically — from 19% in 2021 to 35% in 2022 and 40% today.
The desire to restrict immigration has transpartisan appeal, but it is considerably stronger among Republicans than independent or Democrats. The Gallup analysis highlighted these findings:
- The percentage of Republicans dissatisfied with immigration levels for being too high jumped from 40% in 2021 to 69% in 2022 and remains about the same today, at 71%.
- The percentage of Democrats dissatisfied and desiring less immigration was nearly nonexistent in 2021, at 2%, before rising to 11% last year and 19% now.
- Independents’ dissatisfaction and preference for less immigration has about doubled since 2021, rising from 19% at that time to 36% today.
The majority of Democrats (52%) are still satisfied with the level of immigration (40%) or want it to be cranked up (12%). This stands in contrast with 39% of independents and 14% of Republicans who expressed similar views.
Unquestionably, immigration remains one of the most important issues in US politics. It’s a civilizational issue at its core given the alarming levels of non-European immigration that has been allowed to take place since the 1960s. Should these waves of mass migration be allowed to continue, the West as we know it will cease to exist.
For that reason, populist movements must rise to the occasion to prevent such a nightmare scenario from occurring. These are the only serious political forces who are prepared to enact policies — immigration moratoria, erecting stronger border fortifications, etc. — that will truly defend their civilizations from the scourge of mass migration.