National Latino Voters
2003 Immigration Opinion Poll Results


Age Group 35-49
Voters

During the 1940's, 50's, and 60's, the U.S. and Mexico had a migrant farm worker program called the "bracero program" that brought thousands of Mexican workers to the U.S. to work in the fields. Have you ever heard of the "bracero" program?

 

Yes

53%
No
46%

Don't Know/Refused

1%

 

How would you describe the "bracero" program?

 

A useful program that provided Mexican workers with jobs and filled labor shortages in the U.S

60%
An exploitative program that deprived Mexican workers of their rights and took jobs from Americans
23%

Both

10%
Neither
4%
Don't Know/Refused
2%

 

Allowing "illegal" immigrant farm workers to get papers to enter the United States legally?

 

Favor

73%
Oppose
23%
Don't Know/Refused
4%

 

Allowing illegal immigrant farm workers to get work permits and eventually become permanent residents in exchange for several years of mandatory agricultural labor?

 

Favor

64%
Oppose
31%
Don't Know/Refused
5%

 

Bringing increased numbers of immigrants into the United States on a temporary basis for farm labor when there are labor shortages?

 

Favor

64%
Oppose
31%
Don't Know/Refused
5%

 

Do you think the U.S. should:

 

Try its best to keep "illegal immigrants" from working in the United States

9%
Look the other way and allow illegal immigration
3%

Enact a program that allows "illegal immigrants" to work temporarily in the U.S. legally

17%
Enact a program to legalize "illegal immigrants" who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, are employed, and have no criminal record
65%
None of the above
3%
Other
0%
Don't Know/Refused
3%

 

Some experts say that over 50 percent of farm workers working in the United States are "illegal aliens". Do you think these farm workers:

 

Generally take agricultural jobs that Americans do not want

79%
Generally take jobs from Americans who want and would take them
12%

Neither

3%
Both
2%
Don't Know/Refused
4%

 

Do you think a program to allow foreign farm workers to enter the U.S. legally to do seasonal farm work would:

 

Hurt American Workers

17%
Help American Workers
36%

Have little or no effect on American Workers

43%
Don't Know/Refused
4%

 

Farm workers are some of the lowest paid workers in the U.S. Do you agree or disagree that they should receive higher wages even if it causes food prices to rise?

 

Agree

74%
Disagree
20%
Don't Know/Refused
6%

Sources: WCVI - MirRam Group Opinion Poll

 
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