What America thinks about immigrants (two charts)



Chung Sung-Jun

Should they stay or should they go? 

That was the question Pew Research asked pollsters last month regarding how to handle immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. The results: 7 in 10 said undocumented immigrants should be able to stay legally while 27 percent said they should leave.

The findings come as Congress considers an overhaul of the country's immigration laws and President Barack Obama looks determined to make the issue a legacy item.

Pew's question of whether or not they should have the chance to apply for citizenship was more split.

In the race, age, education and political affiliation categories, those least supportive of granting undocumented immigrants a path for citizenship were (separately) whites, Republicans, 50 to 64-year-olds and those with a high school education.

The interactive chart below has the specific numbers or you can see the full report here.

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Source: Pew Center

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