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U.S. adults' beliefs on whether undocumented immigrants commit more crimes 2018

Adults who lean towards the Democratic Party are less likely to believe that undocumented immigrants commit more crimes than U.S. citizens, with a 2018 survey finding that 86 percent of Democrats who correctly believe that most immigrants live in the U.S. legally also believe that undocumented immigrants are no more likely than U.S. citizens to commit serious crimes. This drops to 38 percent for Republicans who believe the majority of immigrants are undocumented.

It was estimated that, in 2015, around 75 percent of immigrants in the United States were living in the country legally.

Share of adults who believe undocumented immigrants in the United States commit more crimes in 2018, by political party and belief over legal status

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Release date

June 2018


United States

Survey time period

June 5 to 12, 2018

Number of respondents

2,002 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Parties include independents and other non-partisans who “lean” toward the parties.
Belief over legal status refers to whether a person believes that most immigrants currently in the U.S.s are living in the country illegally or legally. The correct answer is legally, with the source estimating that 75 percent of immigrants were living in the U.S. legally in 2015.
Responses of "don't know" not included.

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