MIAMI – Sixty-two percent of U.S. registered voters favor citizenship for the undocumented as a part of immigration reform, a survey published Tuesday said.
The poll was taken April 7-27 by the Public Religion Research Institute together with the Brookings Institution among 1,538 registered voters.
The results offer a snapshot of public opinion a year after a bipartisan bill was passed by the Senate that includes a path to citizenship for the almost 12 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the U.S.
Seven out of 10 registered Democrats said they were in favor of granting citizenship to the undocumented who comply with a series of requisites, compared with 61 percent of people identifying themselves as independents and 51 percent of Republicans.
With five months to go before the mid-term congressional elections, the study shows that close to 53 percent of respondents would not vote for a candidate who opposed immigration reform.
Only 26 percent believed that immigration should be a top priority for the administration of President Barack Obama.
The poll, which has a margin of error of plus/minus 3.3 percentage points, found that a scant 6 percent of Americans consider the current immigration system efficient, while 40 percent think the immigration policy is obsolete and 23 percent see it as totally useless.
The survey shows greater support for establishing a path to citizenship for the undocumented than was reflected in a Washington Post/ABC News study published in July 2013, which found that 55 percent of respondents supported that option.