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CNN Poll – Majority of Americans Favor a Pathway to Legalization for Undocumented

January 22, 2013

A CNN poll indicates a change from 2011, with a majority of Americans now favoring a plan to create a pathway for undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. legally:

By a 53%-43% margin, people questioned in the poll say that main focus of the federal government should be on developing a plan that would allow undocumented immigrants to become legal residents, rather than deporting them.

That’s a switch from 2011, when by a 55%-42% margin, Americans said that deporting undocumented residents and stopping more of them from coming into the country should be the main focus of U.S policy on illegal immigration.

As expected, the poll indicates a partisan divide on the issue, as well as a generational divide, with younger people saying allowing undocumented immigrants to become legal should be the top priority, and a slight plurality of those 50 and older saying the emphasis should be on deportation and border security.

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