Majority Opposes Letting More Haitians Into US

But following earthquake, 63% think US should do all in its power to help
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2010 10:29 AM CST
A man walks past rubble in downtown Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, yesterday, after last week's devastating earthquake.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – While Americans are securely behind the nation’s ongoing relief efforts in Haiti, a majority is against allowing more Haitians into the US in the wake of the calamitous earthquake. Responses break down along party lines, according to Gallup, which conducted the poll. 53% of all Americans oppose increased immigration, with 57% of Democrats favoring an increase, while 57% of Independents and 67% of Republicans are opposed.

Still, 63% of all Americans say the country should provide support until life is basically back to normal in Haiti, a response given by 69% of Democrats, 63% of Independents, and 56% of Republicans. Some 73% of people believe the US is doing enough to aid the troubled nation, but more than 50% are worried that their aid dollars won’t get there quickly enough or won’t benefit Haitians directly.

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