Americans have only become more welcoming of immigrants and refugees since 2016
“In 2016 voters were about evenly divided in the share saying that the growing number of newcomers strengthens American society,” Pew said, finding that 46% of all voters agreed with the statement. Four years later, that number has now surged to 60%. Americans “across the political spectrum have shifted in a more liberal direction in this domain,” researchers said.
Gallup this past summer found that 34% of Americans wanted to see more immigrants welcomed to the U.S., “the highest support for expanding immigration Gallup has found in its trend since 1965,” the organization said.
Meanwhile, the percentage favoring decreased immigration has fallen to a new low of 28%.
“This marks the first time in Gallup’s trend that the percentage wanting increased immigration has exceeded the percentage who want decreased immigration,” Gallup noted. “Supporters of both major party candidates this year are more likely than 2016 supporters to have positive views of immigrants to the United States,” Pew found.