Donald Trump

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Boston Globe columnist Evan Horowitz wrote on February 22 that Donald Trump is out of touch with the American public because, “A growing majority believe that immigration should either be kept at its current level or increased.” That claim is an old shibboleth. It is equally valid to say that a majority believe that immigration should be decreased or kept at its current level.

The Gallup Poll data cited by the writer show 33 percent wanting a decrease and 40 percent wanting no change. [Note: That latter level decreases when respondents are told that current immigration in currently more than one million persons per year.] The 73 percent total is obviously a large majority. Those supporting an increase – 25 percent of respondents – are a much smaller number than the one-third favoring reduction.

Read more on Trump’s Official Platform Position here.

Additional Resources:

Births To Foreign-Born Mothers in the United States

Estimates of the Components of Population Change