Majority of Americans Dissatisfied With Amount of Immigration to U.S.: Poll

Fifty-eight percent of Americans said they are dissatisfied with the level of immigration coming into the United States, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

The new survey's dissatisfaction level is an 8 percent increase from a similar poll taken by Gallup last year. Of those who said they are dissatisfied in the latest poll, 35 percent said they want immigration into the country to decrease, while 9 percent said they would like it to increase. Fourteen percent said they were dissatisfied with the level of immigration, but want it to stay at the same level.

Immigration has long been a political talking point in the U.S., and the new poll showed Republicans are especially unhappy with the current level of people entering the country. President Joe Biden, who reversed some policies enacted by former President Donald Trump that limited immigration into the U.S., has also received low scores from the public for his border policies. A November Gallup poll found only 31 percent of Americans approved of how he was handling immigration.

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A majority of U.S. adults are dissatisfied with the current level of immigration into the country, according to Gallup poll released on Monday. Above shows a U.S. Border Patrol patch on a border agent's uniform in McAllen, Texas, on January 15, 2019. SUZANNE CORDEIRO / Contributor/Getty

Monday's poll found the amount of respondents who said they want less immigration (35 percent) was substantially higher from the 19 percent who answered the same question last year. The proportion of Americans who said they support more immigration decreased from 15 percent in 2021 to the current 9 percent.

Last year's 50 percent poll reading of dissatisfaction for the immigration level was a record low for the measure, which Gallup has tracked since 2001. A large portion of the increase over last year's mark came from Republican respondents who said they want a decrease in the level of immigration into the country.

A record-high 87 percent of Republicans said they are dissatisfied with the current level of immigration into the U.S. Last year, the number of Republicans who said the same was measured at 55 percent.

A large majority of those Republican respondents said they would like to see immigration decreased (69 percent), while 3 percent said they want it to increase and 15 percent did not express a preference.

There was also an increase in the dissatisfaction level among respondents who identified as politically independent. Fifty-five percent of independents said they are dissatisfied with the current immigration level, an increase of 6 percent from last year.

A majority of Democrats remain satisfied with immigration (52 percent). Of the 40 percent of Democrats who said they are dissatisfied with the immigration level, 15 percent said the level should be increased. Meanwhile, 11 percent said it should be decreased and 14 percent said they had no preference.

The results of the survey came from Gallup's "Mood of the Nation" poll, which it conducted from January 3-16. The survey included 811 randomly selected U.S. adults in all 50 states. The margin of error was reported at 4 percentage points.