A recent Gallup immigration poll suggests that some Americans are coming to their senses thanks to the Biden Regime’s Great Replacement border invasion. The number who oppose immigration has risen to a new high, and the number who want less of it dipped to a new low. Upshot: Maybe they aren’t so sure that diversity is strength [U.S. Immigration Views Remain Mixed and Highly Partisan, by Lydia Saad, August 8, 2022]. But the poll also reveals that Americans are clearly still enamored of the nation-of-immigrants myth, and that “diversity is our strength,” at least when discussing immigraton abstractly.
The poll reported that 38 percent of those asked want to decrease immigration, 27 percent want to increase it, and 31 percent want to keep it where it is.
Gallup’s Saad explained that the number of those who favor “expanding immigration reached its all-time high of 34% two years ago and held there, at 33%, in 2021, before dipping to this year’s 27%. Over the same two-year period, the desire to see immigration decreased has risen 10 points from its all-time low of 28%.”
How many of those who would increase immigraiton or keep it the same are aware of the border invasion is unknown. So also is what they would say if the questions asked about illegal vs. legal immigration, or described the immigrants’ race, education, and countries of origin.
The demographic breakdown is about what one would expect: 69 percent of Republicans want immigration reduced, a 21-point increase since 2020. Thirty-three percent of Independents want it reduced, and as one would expect, just 17 percent of Democrats want less of it.
As for whether immigration is good or bad, a frightening 70 percent of those polls still think it’s good. Republicans are about evenly divided 46 percent to 45, while Independents and Democrats, 75 and 86 percent, think it’s good. Fewer women than men think it’s good, and more women than men think it’s bad.
Agewise, 83 percent of those 18 to 34 think it’s good; 76 percent of those 35 to 54 think it’s good, while 57 percent of those 55 and older think it’s good. But 34 percent of those in the latter group think it’s bad.
But again, discussing “immigration” in the abstract doesn’t reveal much. Perhaps asking Americans what they think of illiterate illegal aliens colonizing their schools and neighborhoods, or whether anti-American Indian immigrants should take over Big Tech, would elicit more skeptical answers.
“As a fairly young country, the United States has relied on immigration for its economic and cultural vitality,” Saad explained.
No, it hasn’t. But that glib claim and its corollary myth are the reasons so many otherwise intelligent people think “immigration” is “good.”