In the landscape of U.S. politics, immigration has long been a contentious issue, with policies swinging dramatically from one administration to the next.

Recently, the Biden administration has announced sweeping immigration reforms that offer undocumented spouses of American citizens and their children a clear pathway to legal status and eventual citizenship. This contrasts sharply with former President Donald Trump’s strict, anti-immigration stance, aiming to unify families and strengthen the economy.

With the widespread debate and public interest surrounding President Biden’s immigration reforms, Real Research, an online survey app, conducted a survey to capture a snapshot of public sentiment. The survey aimed to understand public awareness, support, and perceptions regarding the economic and social impacts of these reforms.

Key Findings:

  • 61.12% believed that Biden’s reforms could lead to an increase in illegal immigration.
  • 54.34% preferred Biden’s stance, and 45.66% favored Trump’s tougher measures.
  • 41.52% believed Biden’s immigration reforms would significantly help his chances in the 2024 presidential election.

Are people aware of Biden’s immigration reforms?

The survey first asked respondents if they were aware of Biden’s immigration reforms. A significant majority, 64.94%, reported being aware of the reforms, while 35.06% were not.

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Figure 1: Respondents’ stance on Biden’s immigration reforms.

When asked about their stance on Biden’s immigration reforms, 59.52% expressed support, whereas 40.48% opposed them.

Do people think Biden’s reforms could lead to more illegal immigration?

Despite support for the reforms, concerns about potential drawbacks were also evident. A majority, 61.12%, believed that Biden’s new immigration plan could lead to an increase in illegal immigration.

The concern resonates with the criticisms from the Trump campaign, which labeled the policy as a “mass amnesty plan” that might invite more illegal immigration and potentially increase migrant crime.

Nonetheless, addressing the balance between family unity and border security, 63.6% felt that Biden’s immigration reforms strike the right balance. Despite Trump’s criticism, President Biden said he refused to believe that an embrace of immigration would compromise the US’s border security.

How do people view Biden’s approach compared to Trump’s?

Biden’s approach contrasts sharply with former President Donald Trump’s hardline stance on immigration, including mass deportations and strict border policies.

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Figure 2: Biden’s immigration reforms vs. Trump’s stricter policies

When comparing Biden’s approach to Trump’s, the survey revealed a divided public opinion. While 54.34% preferred Biden’s more inclusive and compassionate stance on immigration, 45.66% favored Trump’s stricter policies.

Do people believe Biden’s reforms will boost the U.S. economy?

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “These [Biden’s immigration reforms] measures will help keep American families together and allow more young people to contribute to our economy and our country.” This statement aligns with the perspective of 65.36% who believed that these reforms would boost the U.S. economy. On the other hand, 34.64% did not share this optimism.

How might Biden’s reforms affect his chances in the 2024 election?

As the 2024 US presidential election approaches, these immigration reforms are expected to play a pivotal role. Survey responses suggest a mixed impact on Biden’s electoral prospects.

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Figure 3: Possible impact of Biden’s immigration reforms on his chances in the upcoming election.

While 41.52% believe the reforms will significantly help his chances, 44.12% think they will only somewhat help. Only a small fraction, 4.04%, feel the reforms will significantly hurt his chances.

Methodology

 
Survey TitleSurvey on Biden’s Immigration Reforms for Undocumented Families to Gain US Citizenship
DurationJune 20 – June 29, 2024
Number of Participants5,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.