(Arlington, VA) – Today The LIBRE Initiative released the results of a nationwide survey regarding Congressional action on the Dreamers – young people brought here through no fault of their own, who remain without legal status. The survey finds that 63 percent of registered voters support legal status for the Dreamers, against just 23 percent who oppose. An overwhelming 87 percent of voters believe it is important for Congress to pass legislation regarding the Dreamers – with 58 percent of voters saying this legislation should pass before the November elections.
Highlights of the survey:
- A clear majority of registered voters – 63 percent – support allowing the Dreamers to remain legally in the United States, against just 23 percent who oppose. Among Latinos, the number rises to 78 percent support.
- An overwhelming 87 percent of voters – and 92 percent of Latinos – believe it is important for Congress to pass legislation addressing the Dreamers.
- 58 percent of voters – and 67 percent of Latinos – believe Congress should act now, as opposed to waiting until after the November election.
- 42 percent of voters support a compromise that gives permanent legal status to the Dreamers and provides $25 billion for enhanced border security – while 39 percent oppose. 53 percent of Latinos support such a compromise, against 33 percent who oppose.
- 52 percent of voters view this as a fair compromise, against only 27 percent who do not.
- 50 percent of voters say support for such a compromise would make them more likely to support their Member of Congress in the upcoming election, against just 29 percent less likely to support. Among Latinos, 63 percent say it would make them more likely to support their Member of Congress, against just 19 percent less likely to support.
Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
“This survey by The LIBRE Initiative shows that the American people remain strongly supportive of legislation to allow the Dreamers to remain legally in the United States, enabling them to contribute more fully to their communities and nation. Because of the strong support for protecting the Dreamers, Congress has an opportunity to also approve a significant increase in border security spending, with the support of the people and the strong support of Latinos, in particular. Congress should act now – as the people clearly prefer – rather than kicking the issue down the road. It is long past time.”
About the Survey:
From August 28 through August 30, 2018, 849 registered voters with an oversample to reach 500 Latinos were randomly sampled from voter registration rolls and interviewed by live operators calling on a combination of landlines and cellphones. Latino voters were given the option of conducting the interview in English or Spanish. Sampling frames and quotas were utilized to ensure appropriate sampling of both nationwide populations. Post stratification weighting was conducted utilizing multiple geographic, demographic, voter, and consumer variables to ensure accurate representation. The Margin of Error among 849 registered voters is +/- 3.64%; the Margin of Error among 500 Latinos is +/- 4.94%.