National Latino Voters
2003 Immigration Opinion Poll Results


Educational Attainment Less than High School 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

61
No
38

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

51
An exploitative program that deprived Mexican workers of their rights and took jobs from Americans 30

Both

7
Neither 8
Don't Know/Refused 4

 

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

 

Favor

71
Oppose 20
Don't Know/Refused 9

 

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

 

Favor

75
Oppose 19
Don't Know/Refused 6

 

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

 

Favor

66
Oppose 26
Don't Know/Refused 8

 

Do you think the U.S. should:

 

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

12
Look the other way and allow illegal immigration 3

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

18
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 55
None of the above 3
Other 0
Don't Know/Refused 8

 

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

67
Generally take jobs from Americans who want and would take them 15

Neither

7
Both 3
Don't Know/Refused 8

 

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

 
Help American Workers  

Have little or no effect on American Workers

 
Don't Know/Refused  

 

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

 
Disagree  
Don't Know/Refused  

Sources: WCVI - MirRam Group Opinion Poll

 

 
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