A bipartisan majority of Americans supports common-sense immigration reform that protects human rights along the border, promotes due process, and strengthens workers’ protections.

The 2013 Belden Russonello Strategists (BRS) immigration reform survey goes beyond reporting the well-­known public support for a path to citizenship, strong border enforcement, employment verification and deportation of immigrants with criminal records. The BRS data show that Republicans, Democrats and independents alike overwhelmingly support stronger safeguards in the federal employment database and stricter enforcement of wage and safety standards, favor giving higher priority to stopping drugs and weapons from crossing the border than to stopping people, and support giving judges the opportunity to weigh the circumstances of an illegal immigrant’s case before ordering deportation, even when the immigrant has a criminal record.

Read the full report and survey by Belden Russonello Strategists

REPORT: Poll Results [PDF]

SURVEY: BRS Survey Questions [PDF]

The national poll showed that:

  • When presented with two approaches, over seven in ten (73%) agree that “we can make the border safer if we create a common-sense immigration process that provides a way for people to come here legally, so fewer people will sneak in, and border patrol can focus on serious problems like drug and human trafficking.” Only 24% said that the border must be secure before immigration reform can move forward.


  • Eight in ten (80%) agree that “we should uphold American values of due process and human rights, which means immigrants should not be deported without a judge being able to evaluate the circumstances of their case.” 54% strongly agree.


  • Nine in ten (89%) agree that “immigration reform should protect the rights of both U.S.- born and immigrant workers because all workers deserve dignity and freedom from exploitation.” Seven in ten voters (69%) strongly agree.


  • Over eight in ten (85%) say immigration reform should “make stopping drug and weapon trafficking along the border a higher priority for border patrol than stopping illegal immigrants,” including 60% who strongly support this policy. Nine in ten Democrats (90%) and eight in ten Republicans (84%) and independents (82%) support making stopping drug and weapon trafficking a higher priority.








The survey was conducted by telephone interviews among 1,000 registered voters from March 15­‐27, 2013, including an oversample of 100 Latinos. The margin of sampling error for a study of this size is ± 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The sampling error is larger for subgroups within the population.