A majority of Americans believe the estimated 11 million of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally should be allowed to become citizens, a new survey shows. Some 63% of nearly 4,500 surveyed supported a path to citizenship “provided they meet certain requirements,” the poll by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution showed. The survey, released Thursday, adds public support to bipartisan immigration plans being hashed out in both the House and Senate that are expected to include a path to citizenship.
Support for citizenship spanned the political spectrum, though the idea was far more popular among Democrats. Some 71% of Democrats in the poll supported the citizenship option as well as 64% of independents. More than half of Republicans surveyed, 53%, supported a path to citizenship.