[Ed. – A more in-depth view, as Munro points out, than asking disembodied questions. Comparing priorities in the survey certainly yields result that would have been more predictive about the 2016 election.]
The December 19 and 20 poll of likely mid-term voters by Pulse Opinion Research asked respondents to pick from competing priorities, not just whether they want to welcome more immigrants or to declare support for the nation’s history of immigration.
That focus on priorities ensured the pollster revealed 64 percent opposition to the current wage-flattening, annual inflow of roughly 1 million legal immigrants, alongside just 17 percent support for those pro-investor, anti-employee policies. Voters were asked:
When businesses say they are having trouble finding Americans to take jobs in construction, manufacturing, hospitality and other service work, what is generally best for the country? Is it better to raise the pay until they can attract Americans without jobs even if it causes prices to rise, or is it better for the government to continue to automatically bring in new immigrants each year to keep the costs down?
The wage-raising priority got 57 percent among voters aged 18 to 39, 65 percent among blacks, 64 percent support among Latinos, 71 percent support among Republicans, 62 percent support among Democrats, but only 56 percent support among post-graduates and people who earn between $100,000 and $200,000.