Texas Latino Voters
1999 Immigration Opinion Phone Poll Results


All Voters

Are you:

 

Male

61.7%
Female
38.3%

 

Would you define yourself as a :

 

Mexican-American/ Mexican/ Chicano

92.6%
Puerto Rican
1.0%

Cuban/Cuban-American

0.2%
Central American
0.8%
South American
0.6%
Other Latino or Hispanic
3.3%
Other Race/Ethnicity
1.4%
DON'T KNOW
0%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.2%

 

What age group best describes you:

 

18-24

13.8%
25-29
9.6%
30-34
8.8%
35-39
8.6%
40-44
10.9%
45-49
7.0%
50-54
7.2%
55-59
7.4%
60-64
7.6%
65 or older
18.3%
DON'T KNOW
0.0%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.8%

 

If you added together your entire Household's Income would it be:

 

under $5,000

13.3%
$5,000-$15,000
22.9%
$15,000-$25,000
19.5%
$25,000-$40,000
15.4%
$40,000-$60,000
8.0%
More than $60,000
6.4%
DON'T KNOW
9.2%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
5.3%

 

Are you?

 

Married

56.2%
Single
21.4%
Divorced
8.8%
Widowed
10.1%
Separated
2.9%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.6%

 

Are you?:

 

Employed full-time

36.6%
Employed part-time
9.7%

Self employed

5.1%
Not employed
37.4%
OTHER
10.5%
DON'T KNOW
0.6%

 

What is the highest grade in school you completed?

 

Some high school or less

41.5%
High school graduate
26.2%

Some college

18.0%
College graduate
8.6%
Graduate Education or more
3.7%
DON'T KNOW
1.4%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.6%

 

What is the primary language used in your household?

 

English

26.1%
Spanish
26.8%

Another language

0.2%
Both English and Spanish
45.9%
English and another language
1.0%

 

In what country were you born?

 

United States

74.3%
Mexico
22.4%
El Salvador
0.2%
Other Central American country
0.6%
Puerto Rico
1.2%
Cuba
0.2%
South American country
0.6%
Other _________________(specify)
0.6%

 

Are you or any member of your household a member of a union?

 

Yes, I am a member of a union

6.6%
I am not, but a member of my household is part of a union
8.6%
No one in my household is a union member
83.9%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
1.0%

 

Do you or anyone in your family have plans to fill out the Census form in April 2000?

 

Yes

78.7%
No
9.8%
DON'T KNOW
11.4%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.2%

 

If no, why not?

 

Privacy Issue

26.5%
Not Interested
27.9%
Someone will come by my house later
8.8%
Other
25.0%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
11.8%

 

Did you fill out a Census in 1990?

 

Yes

58.6%
No
17.7%
Do Not Remember
23.5%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.2%

 

Next, the following questions will focus on your Presidential preferences.

Did you intend to vote in the 2000 March Primary Election?

 

Yes

89.4%
No
6.3%
DON'T KNOW
3.3%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
1.0%

 

If so, do you plan to vote in the Democratic or Republican Primary Election in 2000?

 

Democratic

63.0%
Republican
21.1%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
15.9%

 

If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?

 

Bill Bradley

7.6%
Al Gore
76.4%
Other Candidate
16.0%

 

If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?

 

Lamar Alexander

8.8%
Gary Bauer
1.0%
Patrick Buchanan
1.0%
George Bush
71.6%
Elizabeth Dole
4.9%
Steve Forbes
0.0%
Orrin Hatch
0.0%
Dan Quayle
3.9%
Other Candidate
8.8%

 

Do you intend to vote in the upcoming 2000 General Election for President?

 

Yes

92.1%
No
3.5%
DON'T KNOW
3.1%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
1.2%

 

Is it because:

 

You are not interested

42.4%
You don't like the candidates
15.2%
You believe the system doesn't work
3.0%
You don't have time
15.2%
An other reason _________________
9.1%
DON'T KNOW
12.1%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
3.0%

 

If the election for President were held today, would you vote for Al Gore or George Bush?

 

Al Gore

38.5%
George Bush
40.6%
Other __________________
2.3%
Undecided
14.3%
DON'T KNOW
4.3%

 

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Bill Clinton is handling his job?

 

Approve

77.4%
Disapprove
13.8%
DON'T KNOW
8.0%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.8%

 

Now, I'm going to ask some questions pertaining to your perception of state government and elected officials:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Governor is handling his job in his first 6 months as governor?

 

Approve

69.4%
Disapprove
9.9%
No opinion
11.3%
DON'T KNOW
8.4%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
1.0%

 

Do you approve or disapprove of the way the California legislature is handling its job in 1999?

 

Approve

55.3%
Disapprove
11.3%
No opinion
15.2%
DON'T KNOW
17.2%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
1.0%

 

Now, I'm going to ask some questions pertaining to your perception of immigration:

Do you support a new amnesty or legalization program for "illegal" immigrants that have been living in the US for over ten years and have no criminal background?

 

Support

77.4%
Do Not Support
14.2%
DON'T KNOW
7.4%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
1.0%

 

Do you feel "illegal immigrants" are taking jobs U.S. citizens want?

 

Yes

27.9%
No
64.1%
DON'T KNOW
8.0%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.0%

 

Do you believe that children of "illegal immigrants" should be denied citizenship, health care, and education?

 

Yes

19.7%
No
71.0%
DON'T KNOW
9.2%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.2%

 

Do you support building walls and fences along the U.S./ Mexican border to help curb illegal immigration?

 

Yes

34.5%
No
53.3%
DON'T KNOW
11.0%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
1.2%

 

Do you believe "illegal" immigrants should have the same civil and legal rights as do U.S. citizens?

 

Yes

53.7%
No
36.3%
DON'T KNOW
9.6%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.4%

 

During the 1940's, 50's, and 60's, the U.S. and Mexico had a migrant 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"?

 

1. Yes, I have heard of the "bracero program."

45.9%
2. No, I have not heard of the "bracero program."
54.1%

 

How would you describe the "bracero program"?

 

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

50.7%
An exploitative program that deprived Mexican workers of their rights and took jobs from Americans.
11.4%
A little of both.
20.2%
No opinion
16.5%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
1.1%

 

The following section deals with "farmworker" related issues. Current U.S. law deprives farmworkers of many labor rights/protections that other U.S. workers enjoy. In additon, temporary foreign farmworkers are prohibited from seeking non-agricultural jobs. Experts say that most of farmworkers are "illegal immigrants". Some analysts say that a labor shortage exists in agriculture. Others argue that better wages and working conditions will attract sufficient labor.

Would you support a program that brings in increased numbers of immigrants on a temporary basis for farm labor, if there is a labor shortage?

 

Support

75.4%
Do Not Support
15.6%
DON'T KNOW
9.1%

 

Do you support the unionization of farm workers?

 

Support

67.3%
Do Not Support
16.0%
DON'T KNOW
16.0%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.8%

 

Do you think "illegal immigrant" farmworkers:

 

Generally take jobs that Americans do not want

71.6%
Generally take jobs from Americans who could take them
8.9%
No opinion
17.3%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
2.1%

 

Do you think programs that allow foreign farmworkers to enter the U.S. legally to do seasonal farm work and return home after the job is done:

 

Hurt American workers

15.2%
Help American workers
43.2%
Have little or no effect on American workers
27.6%
No opinion
12.4%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
1.6%

 

Do you think the U.S. should:

 

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

13.3%
Look the other way and continue to allow illegal immigration
5.1%
Enact a program that allows "immigrants" to work temporarily in the U.S. legally
71.5%
No opinion
9.8%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.4%

 

Would you support a program that allows "illegal immigrant" farmworkers to get work permits and eventually become permanent residents, in exchange for several mandatory years of agricultural labor?

 

Support

67.3%
Do not support
20.0%
No opinion
10.6%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
2.2%

 

Do you agree that farmworkers should receive higher wages even if it causes food prices to rise?

 

Strongly Agree

23.2%
Somewhat Agree
14.2%
Agree
18.9%
Disagree
24.8%
Somewhat Disagree
7.2%
Strongly Disagree
3.3%
DON'T KNOW
7.2%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
1.2%

 

Who do you believe should pay for improving housing and providing health benefits for farmworkers?

 

Employers of farmworkers

28.8%
Federal/State Government
11.9%
A Combination of Employers and Federal/State Government
46.4%
Neither, they should receive no benefits
4.5%
No opinion
7.4%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
1.0%

 

Now, I'm going to ask some questions pertaining to your perception of the "War on Drugs":

Do you believe that the United States' "War on Drugs" has been effective in curbing the drug flow into the US?

 

Yes

42.0%
No
46.3%
DON'T KNOW
10.5%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
1.2%

 

In your opinion, are drugs a larger or smaller issue as compared to ten years ago?

 

Larger

73.7%
Smaller
12.7%
About the same
9.0%
DON'T KNOW
4.1%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
0.6%

 

Now, I'm going to ask some questions pertaining to your perception of US/Cuba Policy:

Do you think the United States should lift the trade embargo against Cuba?

 

Yes

34.8%
No
34.1%
DON'T KNOW
28.0%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
3.1%

 

Do you think that the United States should re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba?

 

Yes

49.9%
No
25.6%
DON'T KNOW
21.1%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
3.3%

 

Do you think that the United States should re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba under the Fidel Castro regime?

 

Yes

25.0%
No
51.2%
DON'T KNOW
21.3%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
2.5%

 

The following are statements. I will ask your opinion on how strongly you agree/disagree with the statements.

Fidel Castro is a communist and the embargo should continue until he is gone.

 

Strongly Agree

24.6%
Somewhat Agree
9.6%
Agree
17.6%
Disagree
16.6%
Somewhat Disagree
4.1%
Strongly Disagree
2.9%
No Opinion
20.9%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
3.7%

 

The embargo only strengthens Fidel Castro and lifting it would do more to democratize Cuba.

 

Strongly Agree

16.4%
Somewhat Agree
8.8%
Agree
14.3%
Disagree
17.6%
Somewhat Disagree
6.3%
Strongly Disagree
5.3%
No Opinion
25.8%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
5.5%

 

The embargo only hurts the Cuban people; medicines and foods should be exempt from the trade embargo.

 

Strongly Agree

25.6%
Somewhat Agree
8.4%
Agree
20.1%
Disagree
13.9%
Somewhat Disagree
3.1%
Strongly Disagree
4.7%
No opinion
20.1%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
4.1%

 

The United Nations is a worldwide organization of all governments of the world founded in 1942. The United States helped found and fund the United Nations.

Overall, how effective of an organization do you feel is the United Nations?

 

Very Effective

30.2%
Pretty Effective
13.8%
Somewhat Effective
28.5%
Not that Effective
7.8%
Not at all Effective
3.1%
No opinion
14.2%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
2.3%

 

The United States has not paid approximately $1 billion and nearly two years worth of United Nations United Nations dues and assessments.

How important is it that we pay these dues and assessments to the United Nations?

 

Very Important

42.1%
Somewhat Important
23.8%
Not Too Important
8.2%
Not Important at All
7.6%
No opinion
16.0%
REFUSED TO ANSWER
2.3%

Sources: WCVI - MirRam Group Opinion Poll

 
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