A Majority of Americans Do Not Support Separating Immigrant Families

An Ipsos/Reuters Poll

A Majority of Americans Do Not Support Separating Immigrant Families

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  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, June 26, 2018 — A majority of Americans oppose separating immigrant families caught crossing the U.S. border with Mexico (57%), and this is especially true for Democrats (80%) compared to Republicans (26%). Just one in four support removing the children from their parents to place them into federal custody while their parents are charged in court for entering the country illegally (28%). 

To view the full findings, please download the Immigration Poll topline.

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted June 16-19, 2018 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For the survey, a sample of roughly 1,422 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. The sample includes 620 Democrats, 511 Republicans, and 164 Independents

The sample for this study was randomly drawn from Ipsos’s online panel (see link below for more info on “Access Panels and Recruitment”), partner online panel sources, and “river” sampling (see link below for more info on the Ipsos “Ampario Overview” sample method) and does not rely on a population frame in the traditional sense. Ipsos uses fixed sample targets, unique to each study, in drawing sample. After a sample has been obtained from the Ipsos panel, Ipsos calibrates respondent characteristics to be representative of the U.S. Population using standard procedures such as raking-ratio adjustments. The source of these population targets is U.S. Census 2016 American Community Survey data. The sample drawn for this study reflects fixed sample targets on demographics. Post-hoc weights were made to the population characteristics on gender, age, race/ethnicity, region, and education. 

Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online non-probability polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.0 percentage points for all respondents (see link below for more info on Ipsos online polling “Credibility Intervals”). Ipsos calculates a design effect (DEFF) for each study based on the variation of the weights, following the formula of Kish (1965). This study had a credibility interval adjusted for design effect of the following (n=1,422 DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=4.5). 

The poll also has a credibility interval plus or minus 4.5 percentage points for Democrats, plus or minus 4.9 percentage points for Republicans, and plus or minus 8.7 percentage points for Independents.

For more information on this news release, please contact:
Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
+1 202 420-2025
chris.jackson@ipsos.com

 

About Ipsos

Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos has grown into a worldwide research group with a strong presence in all key markets. Ipsos ranks fourth in the global research industry.

With offices in 88 countries, Ipsos delivers insightful expertise across five research specializations: brand, advertising and media; customer loyalty; marketing; public affairs research; and survey management.

Ipsos researchers assess market potential and interpret market trends. They develop and build brands. They help clients build long-term relationships with their customers. They test advertising and study audience responses to various media and they measure public opinion around the globe.

Ipsos has been listed on the Paris Stock Exchange since 1999 and generated global revenues of €1,782.7 million in 2016.

 

The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs

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