Recent trends in American attitudes toward the level of immigration

Date
2019
Authors
Yang, Philip Q.
Mena, Marco
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Publisher
Association For Ethnic Studies
Abstract

In the current immigration debate, although illegal immigration is at the center of the controversy, legal immigration is also gaining attention. However, there is a lack of analysis of how American attitudes toward the level of legal immigration have changed in the recent years of the twenty-first century. This study investigates recent trends in American attitudes toward the level of immigration to the United States using data from General Social Surveys 2004–2014. Bivariate analysis indicates that, contrary to popular expectations, American attitudes toward support for an increased level of immigration had actually become somewhat more positive from 2004 to 2014. The results of multiple regression analysis show that, controlling for other variables, American attitudes toward support for an increased level of immigration have remained more positive since 2010. This article explores plausible explanations for the more positive trends.

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Article originally published in Ethnic Studies Review, 42(1), 25–36. English. Published online 2019. https://doi.org/10.1525/esr.2019.421003
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Keywords
Trends, American attitudes, Public support, Level of immigration, Legal immigration, Twenty-first century
Citation
This is the published version of an article that is available at: https://doi.org/10.1525/esr.2019.421003. Recommended citation: Yang, P. Q., & Mena, M. (2019). Recent trends in American attitudes toward the level of immigration. Ethnic Studies Review, 42(1), 25–36. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.
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