“Even in the heart of New England, voters overwhelmingly oppose rewarding illegal immigration and want overall levels of immigration reduced. It is a message that political leaders in Connecticut and around the nation would be well advised to heed,” concluded Dan Stein, president of FAIR.
A new statewide opinion poll reveals that likely Connecticut voters overwhelmingly believe illegal immigration is harmful to the state, and half would like to see overall levels of immigration to the United States reduced. By large margins, voters oppose policies, supported by Gov. Dannel Malloy and other state leaders, which would reward illegal aliens in Connecticut. The poll of 500 likely Connecticut voters was commissioned by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) conducted by Pulse Opinion Research during the week of January 3 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.5%.
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Two-thirds of likely Connecticut voters, 66 percent, say that illegal immigration negatively affects the state. Substantial majorities of voters also want the state to punish employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens and want state and local police to notify federal immigration authorities when they have reasonable suspicion that an individual is an illegal alien. Voters are also firmly opposed to efforts to grant in-state tuition subsidies to illegal aliens attending Connecticut colleges and universities.
Additionally, Connecticut voters were asked about their views on legal immigration. A majority of respondents, 51 percent, believe that overall levels “are too high and should be reduced,” while only 9 percent believe immigration should be increased.
Among the key findings of the poll:
— 66% believe that illegal immigration negatively affects
— 67% oppose in-state tuition subsidies and/or admission of
illegal aliens to public universities.
— 68% support state involvement in immigration enforcement,
similar to policies enacted in Arizona and other states.
— 39% believe illegal immigrants take jobs from American workers,
while 35% believe they fill jobs Americans will not do.
— 51% support reducing overall immigration to the U.S., while
only 9% support increasing immigration.