Zogby Polls Mexicans on Amnesty and Mexican-Americans
October 16, 2009, 05:39 AM
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From the CIS website, here are some results of a recent Zogby poll conducted in Mexico:
A clear majority of people in Mexico, 56 percent, thought giving legal status to illegal immigrants in the United States would make it more likely that people they know would go to the United States illegally. Just 17 percent thought it would make Mexicans less likely to go illegally. The rest were unsure or thought it would make no difference.
Of Mexicans with a member of their immediate household in the United States, 65 percent said a legalization program would make people they know more likely to go to America illegally.
Two-thirds of Mexicans know someone living in the United States; one-third said an immediate member of their household was living in the United States.
Interest in going to the United States remains strong even in the current recession, with 36 percent of Mexicans (39 million people) saying they would move to the United States if they could. At present, 12 to 13 million Mexico-born people live in the United States.
Of course amnesty would increase illegal immigration - Mexicans understand this too. Here's what the poll indicated about Mexicans' opinions about Mexican-Americans and where their loyalty should lie:
An overwhelming majority (69 percent) of people in Mexico thought that the primary loyalty of Mexican-Americans (Mexico- and U.S.-born) should be to Mexico. Just 20 percent said it should be to the United States. The rest were unsure.
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Also, 69 percent of people in Mexico felt that the Mexican government should represent the interests of Mexican-Americans (Mexico- and U.S.-born) in the United States. Source:
Public Opinion in Mexico on U.S. Immigration: Zogby Poll Examines Attitudes by Steven A. Camarota.