Immigration Is A Geographic Issue More Than A Racial Or Ethnic Issue

May 03, 2012, 4:00 PM GMT+0

(Week of 4/28/2012) The immigration issue, broadly defined, is a partisan issue. Overall, 38% say it is a serious problem in their local community, including 29% of Democrats, 40% of Independents and 49% of Republicans. It is very much a geographic issue, cited as a serious problem in the local community by 24% in the Northeast, 28% in the Midwest, but 42% in the South and 51% in the West.

What it is not is a problem that divides Americans by race or ethnicity. Nearly equal numbers of whites (38%), African-Americans (35%) and Hispanics (35%) say immigration is a serious problem where they live. Neither is it an issue that particularly divides people by social class—by numbers in the high 30s, roughly equal percentages of the best educated, those with some college experience and those with no college experience, as well as those with high incomes, middle incomes and low incomes all say immigration is a serious problem where they live.

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