In November 2010, Lake Research Partners conducted a poll that included questions about immigration. Polling was conducted by telephone October 31 – November 2, 2010. The total sample was 1,200 likely, registered voters nationwide.
The majority of Democrats, Independents and Republicans support the DREAM Act. 81 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Independents and 57 percent of Republicans supported the DREAM Act after hearing a brief description of it.
A majority of voters think that immigration is a federal issue, not a states’ issue. 56 percent of voters believed that immigration was an issue best dealt by the federal government. Only 20 percent believed the issue was best handled by the states. Another 19 percent believed both the federal and states’ governments should play a role.
More than three-fourths of voters said it was unrealistic to deport the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. 76 percent of voters agreed with the statement, “Deporting all 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States in unrealistic.” The majority of Democrats, Independents and Republicans alike agreed with the sentiment: 83 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of Independents and 70 percent of Republicans believed that deporting every illegal immigrant was an unrealistic goal.