September 13, 2010 - Many U.S. Voters Say No Citizenship For Immigrant Kids, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Muslims Have Right To Mosque, But It's Inappropriate

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American voters say 48 - 45 percent that the United States should end the practice of granting citizenship to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Voters also say 68 - 24 percent that immigration policy should emphasize stricter enforcement rather than integrating illegal immigrants into U.S. society, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

Democrats favor granting citizenship to children of illegal immigrants 62 - 31 percent. Republicans, by 67 - 27 percent, and independent voters, by 51 - 42 percent, say these children should be denied citizenship. Women split 46 - 46 percent while men oppose this automatic citizenship 51 - 43 percent.

And 49 percent of American voters say President Barack Obama does not share their values, compared to 46 percent who say he does.

Only 38 percent of American voters have a favorable opinion of Islam, while 40 percent have an unfavorable opinion. But voters say 50 - 27 percent that mainstream Islam is a peaceful religion, rather than a religion which encourages violence to non-Muslims.

The Muslim group has the right to build a mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero, American voters say 70 - 25 percent. But voters say 63 - 28 percent that it is wrong to do so. There is no sub-group which says it is "appropriate" to build the mosque near Ground Zero.

"Many Americans want to end 'birthright citizenship,' an issue some Republican senators want to explore through congressional hearings," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Voters were told that 'our constitution and current laws' blessed the practice, and the prospect of having to change one or both apparently doesn't faze them," Brown added.

"But the support for ending 'birthright citizenship' is not overwhelming, and falls along predictable political lines that are consistent with how the Arizona law aimed at limiting illegal immigration is playing across the country."

American voters disapprove 44 - 31 percent of the way President Barack Obama is handling the Ground Zero mosque controversy, with 25 percent undecided. Democrats approve of his handling of the issue 52 - 19 percent, but disapproval is 71 - 10 percent among Republicans and 47 - 28 percent among independent voters.

But voters say 43 - 34 percent that President Obama shares their views of mainstream Islam, with Democrats and independent voters agreeing and Republicans objecting. Voters who believe Islam is a peaceful religion say 75 - 11 percent that Obama shares their belief. Voters who believe Islam encourages violence say 77 - 10 percent that he does not share their views.

By a wider 60 - 28 percent margin, voters disapprove of the way Obama is handling illegal immigration.

Voters now approve 49 - 44 percent of the way Obama is handling the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, compared to a 51 - 41 percent disapproval July 21 - before the leak was stopped.

"Illegal immigration and the proposed mosque near Ground Zero are taking a toll on President Barack Obama's standing with American voters," Brown said. "The fact that so many Americans think the President does not share their values might worry the White House. Historically, voters tend to see Democratic presidents as more likely to share their values than Republicans."

From August 31 - September 7, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,905 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              49%    24%    74%    47%    46%    53%
Disapprove           44     68     19     46     48     40
DK/NA                 7      7      6      7      7      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              57%    47%    47%    54%    47%    41%    74%    61%    26%
Disapprove           37     47     45     39     47     52     21     33     66
DK/NA                 7      7      8      7      6      7      6      6      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              48%    54%    36%    37%    42%
Disapprove           45     39     57     55     51
DK/NA                 7      7      7      8      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
                     Sep 13  Jul 21  Jun 1
                     2010    2010    2010
 
Approve              49      41      39
Disapprove           44      51      42
DK/NA                 7       8      19
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling illegal immigration?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              28%     6%    54%    20%    26%    30%
Disapprove           60     88     32     66     65     56
DK/NA                12      6     14     14     10     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              32%    29%    24%    32%    25%    25%    54%    31%    12%
Disapprove           51     62     64     56     63     68     29     57     80
DK/NA                17      9     12     13     13      8     17     12      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              25%    35%    14%    14%    21%
Disapprove           62     54     78     75     67
DK/NA                13     11      8     11     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling illegal immigration?
                     Sep 13  Jul 21
                     2010    2010
 
Approve              28      30
Disapprove           60      58
DK/NA                12      12
 
 
20. Would you say that Barack Obama shares your values or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  46%    10%    80%    42%    41%    50%
No                   49     86     15     51     54     44
DK/NA                 6      4      5      7      5      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  55%    43%    41%    50%    46%    39%    79%    56%    19%
No                   41     51     51     43     51     55     17     38     76
DK/NA                 5      5      7      7      3      6      5      6      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes                  44%    50%    23%    28%    40%
No                   50     45     74     68     55
DK/NA                 6      5      3      4      5
 
 
24. Do you think immigration reform should primarily move in the direction of integrating illegal immigrants into American society or in the direction of stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Integrating          24%     7%    39%    24%    23%    24%
Stricter enforcement 68     87     50     68     70     66
DK/NA                 9      6     11      7      7     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Integrating          32%    25%    17%    25%    24%    32%    45%    25%    13%
Stricter enforcement 61     67     74     68     70     61     43     66     82
DK/NA                 7      9      9      8      6      7     12     10      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Integrating          20%    34%    13%    11%    20%
Stricter enforcement 71     57     81     82     73
DK/NA                 9      9      7      7      7
 
TREND: Do you think immigration reform should primarily move in the direction of integrating illegal immigrants into American society or in the direction of stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration?
                     Sep 13  Jul 21  Jun 1
                     2010    2010    2010
 
Integrating          24      22       26
Enforcement          68      69       66
DK/NA                 9       8        8
 
 
25. As you may know, under our constitution and current laws, all children born in the United States are automatically granted citizenship. Do you think we should continue to grant citizenship to all children born in the US or do you think this should be changed so children of illegal immigrants are not automatically granted citizenship?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Grant citizenship    45%    27%    62%    42%    43%    46%
Laws should change   48     67     31     51     51     46
DK/NA                 7      6      7      7      6      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Grant citizenship    52%    46%    37%    48%    44%    44%    65%    51%    29%
Laws should change   43     46     56     47     50     49     28     45     64
DK/NA                 4      7      6      5      5      7      7      4      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Grant citizenship    43%    50%    35%    31%    38%
Laws should change   51     43     58     61     58
DK/NA                 6      8      7      8      3
 
 
32. Would you say you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of Islam, the muslim religion?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            38%    24%    49%    42%    40%    37%
Unfavorable          40     58     28     37     40     39
DK/NA                22     18     23     21     19     24
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            48%    40%    33%    38%    38%    45%    59%    45%    22%
Unfavorable          33     42     43     38     41     41     18     33     59
DK/NA                19     18     25     24     21     14     23     22     19
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Favorable            33%    53%    22%    27%    40%
Unfavorable          43     30     58     51     36
DK/NA                24     17     20     22     24
33. Every religion has mainstream beliefs, and also fringe elements or extremists. Thinking of mainstream Islam, do you think mainstream Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims, or is it a peaceful religion?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Encourages violence  27%    40%    15%    28%    27%    26%
Peaceful religion    50     39     59     53     54     47
DK/NA                23     21     26     20     19     27
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Encourages violence  17%    28%    33%    28%    27%    21%    11%    21%    41%
Peaceful religion    65     51     40     45     57     64     70     56     36
DK/NA                18     22     27     27     16     15     19     23     23
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Encourages violence  29%    19%    40%    35%    22%
Peaceful religion    43     68     35     39     53
DK/NA                27     13     24     26     25
 
 
34. Do you think President Obama shares your view of mainstream Islam or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  43%    30%    58%    43%    47%    40%
No                   34     53     18     34     34     34
DK/NA                23     17     24     24     19     26
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  54%    46%    34%    40%    47%    54%    67%    49%    27%
No                   28     34     39     34     36     33     12     29     51
DK/NA                18     21     26     26     17     13     20     22     22
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               RESPONSE Q33...
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Violnt Peaceful
 
Yes                  38%    58%    29%    31%    47%    10%    75%
No                   38     25     50     46     34     77     11
DK/NA                25     17     21     23     19     14     14
 
 
35. Do you think it is appropriate to build a mosque and Islamic center near ground zero, or do you think it would be wrong to do so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes/Appropriate      28%    10%    41%    31%    32%    24%
No/Wrong to do so    63     86     48     61     61     66
DK/NA                 9      4     11      8      7     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Appropriate      41%    25%    23%    27%    32%    30%    54%    34%    10%
No/Wrong to do so    51     66     70     65     60     62     38     56     85
DK/NA                 9      9      7      8      8      7      8     10      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               RESPONSE Q33...
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Violnt Peaceful
 
Yes/Appropriate      23%    41%    14%    19%    20%     9%    44%
No/Wrong to do so    68     51     79     75     70     90     47
DK/NA                 9      8      7      6     10      1      9
 
 
36. Regardless of whether you think it is appropriate to build a mosque near ground zero, do you think the Muslim group has the right to build a mosque there, or don't they have that right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes/Have the right   70%    59%    74%    76%    77%    64%
No/Dn't have right   25     36     20     20     19     30
DK/NA                 5      5      6      4      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Have the right   76%    72%    65%    65%    79%    78%    85%    73%    60%
No/Don't have right  21     23     29     30     16     21     12     22     34
DK/NA                 3      4      7      5      5      1      3      5      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               RESPONSE Q33...
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Violnt Peaceful
 
Yes/Have the right   64%    86%    61%    66%    68%    51%    87%
No/Don't have right  31      9     33     29     29     45     11
DK/NA                 5      5      6      5      3      4      2
 
 
37. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the Ground Zero mosque controversy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              31%    10%    52%    28%    30%    31%
Disapprove           44     71     19     47     48     40
DK/NA                25     19     29     24     22     28
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              35%    31%    29%    34%    32%    31%    53%    37%    13%
Disapprove           29     47     52     37     48     56     16     37     68
DK/NA                37     22     19     29     21     12     32     26     19
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               RESPONSE Q33...
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Violnt Peaceful
 
Approve              28%    39%    19%    23%    25%    13%    44%
Disapprove           45     40     61     58     54     72     32
DK/NA                27     21     19     20     21     14     24