New Gallup Poll: Americans Want More, Not Less, Immigration

Originally published on by Mohammed Younis on July 1, 2020

Thirty-four percent of Americans, up from 27% a year ago, would prefer to see immigration to the U.S. increased. This is the highest support for expanding immigration Gallup has found in its trend since 1965. Meanwhile, the percentage favoring decreased immigration has fallen to a new low of 28%, while 36% think it should stay at the present level.

This marks the first time in Gallup's trend that the percentage wanting increased immigration has exceeded the percentage who want decreased immigration.


Nearly 8 in ten (77%) Americans think immigration is a good thing for their country. When measured in this more general sense, public support for immigration shows far less of a partisan divide, and both parties express a more generally positive view of immigration.


The main points to take away are:

  • 34% would like to see immigration to the U.S. increased

  • 28% would like to see immigration to the U.S. decreased

  • Democrats (50%) most likely to want an increase in immigration

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