Majority of Americans favor increasing funding for immigration enforcement

New Spectrum News/Ipsos poll shows Americans support both increased border enforcement and providing a legal pathway to citizenship

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  • Mallory Newall Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, June 7, 2021 — A majority of Americans support increasing federal funding for immigration enforcement and are in favor of harsher penalties for smugglers and economic sanctions to reduce the flow of migrants and illegal drugs at the U.S-Mexico border, according to a new Spectrum News/Ipsos poll. At the same time, however, most Americans are also in favor of allowing any undocumented immigrant to follow a legal process to obtain U.S. citizenship. While providing a pathway to citizenship has been a key component of the Biden administration's immigration reform plan, President Biden and Vice President Harris earn mixed reviews for their handling of the issue.  


About the Study

This Spectrum News Ipsos poll was conducted May 24 to 31, 2021, by Ipsos using the KnowledgePanel®. This poll is based on a representative sample of 1,005 U.S. adults, 505 California adult residents, and 506 Texas adult residents.  

The study was conducted in both English and Spanish. The data were weighted to adjust for gender by age, race/ethnicity, education, household income, and English proficiency. The national data were also weighted to adjust for region. The demographic benchmarks came from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS).

The margin of sampling error among the national sample is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The margin of sampling errors for the California and Texas samples are plus or minus 5.0 and 5.2 percentage points, respectively. The margin of error takes into account the design effect, which was 1.23 for the national sample, 1.33 for the California sample, and 1.43 for the Texas sample. The margin of error is higher and varies for results based on sub-samples. In our reporting of the findings, percentage points are rounded off to the nearest whole number. As a result, percentages in a given table column may total slightly higher or lower than 100%. In questions that permit multiple responses, columns may total substantially more than 100%, depending on the number of different responses offered by each respondent.

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Mallory Newall
Director, U.S., Public Affairs
+1 202 420-2014
[email protected]

Kate Silverstein
Media Relations Specialist, U.S., Public Affairs
+1 718 755-8829
[email protected]


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  • Mallory Newall Vice President, US, Public Affairs

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