America

Immigration is second most important issue for Americans

by Ray Clancy on February 21, 2018

American President Donald Trump has taken a hard stand on immigration after just over a year in office and since he was inaugurated more Americans also see immigration as a major issue.

Some 15% of Americans say immigration is the nation’s most important problem, up from 8% at the beginning of the year and there is a marked difference depending on which political party they support.

(Konstantin L/Shutterstock.com)

The latest Gallup poll shows that 25% of Republicans name immigration as the most important issue facing the country compared with 6% of Democrats

It means that overall immigration is the second most important issue with dissatisfaction with the Government coming out on top with 22% of those polled in February naming it as their number one issue.

The poll also shows that the environment is low on the agenda with just 3% saying it is important as is education, the Federal Budget deficit, unemployment and the economy. Even health care does not come high up the list with just 7% rating it as important.

The rise in concerns about immigration is the only major change in the public’s perceptions of problems facing the country in the latest monthly poll from Gallup. The survey was done at a time when immigration was front page news.

The Gallup report says that despite the fact that leaders of both major parties have made immigration a central issue of policy debates, the increase in mentions of immigration as the nation’s top problem is fuelled almost entirely by Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

The surge in mentions of immigration among Republicans makes it the most frequently named issue for that group, significantly ahead of the 18% who mention dysfunctional Government. No other problem rises to more than 8% among Republicans.

In contrast, immigration is the fifth most frequently mentioned problem among Democrats behind government at 25%, race relations at 12%, healthcare at 10% and the economy at 8%.

On average, 5% of Americans have named immigration as the top problem over the span of Gallup’s surveys conducted each month since January 2001, although the frequency of mentions has varied widely across this period.

Mentions of immigration have reached 15% or higher three times before this month’s survey in April and June 2006 when 19% and 18% respectively, mentioned immigration as the most important problem.

‘Democratic leaders have been focused on the plight of immigrants brought to this country illegally as children. President Donald Trump and Republican leaders have been focused on legislation to address border security and the president’s campaign promise to build a massive wall along the nation’s southern border,’ the report says.

‘While both groups of leaders appear to have strongly held positions on the issue, the salience of immigration and the need for immigration reform as the top problem facing the country is significantly higher among Republicans nationwide than it is among Democrats. This could reflect, in part, Trump’s persistent focus on the issue throughout his presidential campaign and first year in office,’ it explains.

{ 0 comments }

Thumbnail image for Immigrants seeking to become permanent residents in US face personal interviews

Immigrants seeking to become permanent residents in US face personal interviews

August 29, 2017 America

The United States is introducing more personal interviews for certain immigrants seeking to work and become permanent residents, it has been announced. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that it will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration applicants from the beginning of October. The change is to comply with the recent executive […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Planned immigration changes in US favour high-earning English speakers

Planned immigration changes in US favour high-earning English speakers

August 5, 2017 America

The United States administration has unveiled a new immigration plan based on programmes currently in place in Australia and Canada which has already been criticised as favouring professional people who can speak English well. A new Bill, called the Raise Act, sets out an immigration policy focussing on skilled professionals which would cut the overall […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Trump’s tax changes could benefit US expats in the UK

Trump’s tax changes could benefit US expats in the UK

June 9, 2017 America

While many expats from Europe may be considering leaving the UK due to Brexit, Americans could be set to find living in Britain is more tax effective. London already has a large number of wealthier American expats and tax plans by US President Donald Trump is set to end the practice of having to pay […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Expat job seekers put off the UK and the US due to political and economic uncertainty

Expat job seekers put off the UK and the US due to political and economic uncertainty

May 30, 2017 America

Expat job seekers are shunning the UK and the United States and looking to Australia, Canada and Asia, probably due to political and economic uncertainty, new research suggests. With the UK in the process of leaving the European Union and no clear indication yet on what this will mean for the rights of expats, fewer […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for International applications for US colleges on the decline

International applications for US colleges on the decline

March 15, 2017 America

Fewer students from around the world are applying to study in the United States, fuelled by concern about visas and worries about how welcome they would be, a new survey suggests. Almost 40% of colleges are seeing declines in applications from international students, and international student recruitment professionals report a great deal of concern about […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for More confusion likely over US visas this week

More confusion likely over US visas this week

March 6, 2017 America

People seeking visas for the United States and Americans seeking visas for European Union countries are set to face increased confusion. First of all American President Donald Trump is set to announce yet another executive order dealing with who can and cannot get a visa for the US later this week and secondly the European […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Proposal to permit foreign entrepreneurs to stay in US for up to two years

Proposal to permit foreign entrepreneurs to stay in US for up to two years

August 29, 2016 America

International entrepreneurs could be granted permission to stay temporarily for up to two years in the United States to start up or scale up their business under a proposal currently being considered. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published the proposal in the Federal Register and interested parties have 45 days to comment […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for U.S. most Expensive Place in the World for Private Medical Insurance

U.S. most Expensive Place in the World for Private Medical Insurance

July 30, 2016 America

When moving abroad, many expats – whether retired or working – often need private medical insurance. Now, new research shows the United States is the most expensive for health coverage in the entire world. Overall, the average cost of international private medical insurance in 2016 covers a range of US$7,608 to US$17,335, according to Pacific […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for E-passport rules for entry to the US catching up with holders of older documents

E-passport rules for entry to the US catching up with holders of older documents

May 12, 2016 America

Strict new immigration rules for the United States are catching up with people arriving in the country without biometric passports. Since the 01 April all people arriving in the US, regardless of whether it is to live, work or for a holiday, must have a biometric or e-passport to enter. But millions of people with […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for More students are choosing to study in the United States, study finds

More students are choosing to study in the United States, study finds

November 17, 2015 America

More students from around the world, and particularly from India and Brazil, are choosing to study in the United States, new research has found. The number of international students at US colleges and universities have seen their highest rate of growth in 35 years, increasing by 10% to a record high of 974,926 students in […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Robots creating more skilled job opportunities in the United States

Robots creating more skilled job opportunities in the United States

November 17, 2015 America

There is a widespread perception that the increasing use of robots in industry will result in fewer jobs but new research shows that it has the opposite effect in the United States. The US is a popular country for expats and more job creation could lead to further opportunities for people to move there for […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for US launches new initiative to combat immigration scams

US launches new initiative to combat immigration scams

July 28, 2015 America

Expats in the United States needing help with immigration matters are being urged to be on the lookout for scams as a new initiative is launched to combat scams. Not all migrant services are legitimate, with many who advertise being unauthorised practitioners. While they mean well, all too many of them are out to rip […]

Read the full article →