Gallup: 63% of Americans Dissatisfied With Immigration

( — A new poll shows that 63% of American adults are dissatisfied with immigration and that among that percentage, 40% want immigration decreased. By the same token, 15% are dissatisfied and want immigration to stay the same while 8% are dissatisfied but want it to increase. 

Only 28% of Americans are very/somewhat satisfied with immigration. 

“The percentage who are dissatisfied out of a desire for less immigration has risen sharply over the past two years, increasing from 19% in 2021 to 35% in 2022 and 40% today,” reported Gallup. “This is still not as high as it was in the first few years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when it ranged from 44% to 52%, but is the highest since 2016.”

The poll of 1,011 adults, aged 18 and older, was conducted Jan. 2-22. It is done every year as part of Gallup’s annual Mood of the Nation survey. 

The first question was, “For each one, please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. The level of immigration into the country today.”  Only a combined 28% said very/somewhat satisfied.


“The recent shift in U.S. attitudes no doubt reflects the situation at the Southern border, where the U.S. government reported a fourfold annual increase in migrants attempting to enter the U.S. in 2021, with the figure rising to 1.7 million,” said Gallup.

“More than 2 million such migrant encounters occurred in 2022,” said the survey firm.  “And the Department of Homeland Security estimates the figure could double if a pandemic-era policy allowing border agents to expel migrants without giving them an opportunity to seek asylum is revoked.”

When it came to asking about “dissatisfied” with immigration, 63% of American adults said they were dissatisfied.

On the political scale, 71% of Republicans said they were dissatisfied with the level of immigration and wanted it decreased, according to Gallup.  For Independents, 36% were dissatisfied, as were 19% of Democrats, and they wanted immigration decreased.

Only 10% of Republicans were satisfied with the current level of immigrations, as were 32% of Independents and 40% of Democrats.

Gallup also discovered that the immigration issue spiked among older Americans. For those 55 and older who are dissatisfied with immigration, the percentage has risen from 21% in 2021 to 55% today. 

“Over the same period, it has also increased a sizable amount among middle-aged adults, aged 35 to 54, rising from 23% to 40%, while showing little change among younger adults,” reported Gallup. 

“Amid news of the migrant surge along the border with Mexico and the humanitarian and political problems arising from it, Americans across the political spectrum have grown less content with the level of U.S. immigration in recent years,” said the survey firm.

“Still, the issue remains highly partisan, with the vast majority of Republicans concerned that there is too much immigration, compared with a modest proportion of independents and a relatively small proportion of Democrats,” concluded Gallup. 

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