In all, 62 percent of those surveyed agree with this approach, while 17 percent support allowing them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens. Nineteen percent favor a policy that would identify and deport all immigrants living illegally in the U.S.
The Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution’s survey is based on telephone interviews done last month with 1,538 randomly selected adults, who were part of a similar survey last year. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points. Support for a pathway to citizenship remains nearly unchanged from last year, when the same poll showed 63 percent in favor.