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Immigrants, Attitudes towards

How does the respondent feel about immigrants?


Below are 82 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept.

  • IMMAFFUS from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • In the long run, do you think that people who are immigrating to the United States today will make American society better, will make American society worse, or do you think that todays immigrants wont affect American society one way or another? (IMMAFFUS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VCF0233 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004LEARN MORE
    • Illegal aliens (2004: illegal immigrants) -- feeling thermometer (VCF0233) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EXCLDIMM from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Do you agree or disagree with this statement: America should take stronger measures to exclude illegal immigrants. (EXCLDIMM) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMAMECO from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Do you agree or disagree with this statement: Immigrants are generally good for Americas economy (IMMAMECO) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMCOSTS from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Government spends too much money assisting immigrants. (IMMCOSTS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMCRIME from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Do you agree or disagree with this statement: Immigrants increase crime rates (IMMCRIME) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMIMP from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Immigrants improve American society by bringing in new ideas and cultures. (IMMIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMJOBS from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Do you agree or disagree with this statement: Immigrants take jobs away from people who were born in America (IMMJOBS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMRGHTS from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Legal immigrants to America who are not citizens should have the same rights as American citizens. (IMMRGHTS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DREAMACT from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • For/Against: What about allowing the children of undocumented immigrants to become U.S. citizens, if they have graduated from college or served in the military? (10) (DREAMACT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EDLINGO from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • In areas where there are many non-English speaking immigrants, do you think the public schools should or should not offer education in their language? (96, 07) (EDLINGO) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMIGBAD from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • Do immigrants to the U.S. generally take more from the American economy than they contribute, or do they contribute more than they take? (94, 96, 98, 00, 02, 04, 06, 08, 10) (IMMIGBAD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMJOBS from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • What effect, if any, do you think recent immigrants into the Houston area are having on job opportunities for you and your family members? Are they making things better, making things worse, or not making much difference either way? (98) (IMMJOBS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • LEGALIZE from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • For/Against: What about granting illegal immigrants in the U.S. a path to legal citizenship, if they speak English and have no criminal record? (07-10) (LEGALIZE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RATEIMMS from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • What about documented immigrants? Where would you put them on the 10-point scale (where 1 means very unfavorable feelings and 10 means very favorable feelings)? (08, 10) (RATEIMMS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • UNDOCBAD from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • Large numbers of undocumented immigrants have been coming to Houston in recent years. How much of a problem do you think this is for the city? Would you say: very serious, somewhat serious, or not much of a problem? (06, 08, 10) (UNDOCBAD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WHYIMBAD from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • IF VERY SERIOUS OR SOMEWHAT SERIOUS (UNDOCBAD): Is the reason you see it as a problem based primarily on concerns about the immigrants taking American jobs; about strains on public services (such as schools and hospitals); about increases in crime; or something else? Which one is most important? (06, 08, 10) (WHYIMBAD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ENGTHRTN from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • Now please tell us whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree or strongly disagree with each of these statements: -- English will be threatened if other languages are frequently used in large immigrant communities in the U.S. (ENGTHRTN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMCRMUP from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • What do you think will happen as a result of more immigrants coming to this country? Is each of these possible results very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all? -- Higher crime rates (IMMCRMUP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMECON from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • What do you think will happen as a result of more immigrants coming to this country? -- Higher economic growth. (IMMECON) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMNEW from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • What do you think will happen as a result of more immigrants coming to this country? Is each of these possible results very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all? -- Making the country more open to new ideas and cultures? (IMMNEW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMNOJOB from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • What do you think will happen as a result of more immigrants coming to this country? Is each of these possible results very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all? -- People born in the U.S. losing their jobs? (IMMNOJOB) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMUNITE from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • What do you think will happen as a result of more immigrants coming to this country? Make it harder to keep the country united. (IMMUNITE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • V082429J from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008LEARN MORE
    • Order of TIGHTENING THE BORDER AGAINST ILLEGAL ALIENS in administration of federal spending items (V082429J) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • V085065A from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008LEARN MORE
    • How would you rate: Illegal immigrants? (V085065A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EXCLDIMM from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement? America should take stronger measures to exclude illegal immigrants. (EXCLDIMM) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMAMECO from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • How much do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? B. Immigrants are generally good for Americas economy (IMMAMECO) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMCRIME from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • There are different opinions about immigrants from other countries living in America. (By immigrants we mean people who come to settle in America.) How much do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? A. Immigrants increase crime rates (IMMCRIME) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMIDEAS from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • How much do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? D. Immigrants make America more open to new ideas and cultures (IMMIDEAS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMJOBS from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • How much do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? C. Immigrants take jobs away from people who were born in America (IMMJOBS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • AMA_2 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006LEARN MORE
    • Immigrants coming into the U.S. are taking too many jobs away from other American citizens. (AMA_2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMIGRNT from Religion and Politics Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • I am going to read you some pairs of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement (Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents) or the SECOND statement (Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care) comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. (IMMIGRNT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QB2_2 from Muslim American Survey, 2007LEARN MORE
    • For each pair, tell me whether the first statement or the second statement comes closer to your own views - even if neither is exactly right. (QB2_2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMIGRNT from Generation Next Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • Here are some pairs of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views - even if neither is exactly right. Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents OR Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care. (IMMIGRNT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • STER4B from American Mosaic Project: A National Survey on DiversityLEARN MORE
    • Would you strongly agree with the following statements, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? New immigrants take away resources that should go to others, like jobs and welfare. (STER4B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • V155A from American Mosaic Project: A National Survey on DiversityLEARN MORE
    • Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree, with the following statements about immigration and immigrants. The U.S. should do more to limit immigration. (V155A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN32 from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American ReligionLEARN MORE
    • How welcoming is the Catholic Church in the United States to new immigrants? Would you say the Church is very welcoming to new immigrants, somewhat welcoming, not too welcoming, or not at all welcoming? (QN32) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CILEGALS from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • I am going to read you a list of social and political issues that are being discussed today. For each, please tell me how concerned you are personally -- very concerned, fairly concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all? I. Illegal immigration (CILEGALS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMTODAY from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • Which of these statements comes closer to your own view, even if neither is exactly right? Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents. [OR] Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing, and healthcare. (IMMTODAY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INFTHNK1 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on this issue? Dealing with illegal immigration in the U.S. [IF R SAYS ALL OR MORE THAN ONE, PROBE WITH: Which has had the biggest influence?] (INFTHNK1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMIG from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • 38C. Immigrants are getting too demanding in their push for equal rights. (Do you agree?) (IMMIG) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DREAMACT from Houston Area Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • For/Against: What about allowing the children of undocumented immigrants to become U.S. citizens, if they have graduated from college or served in the military? (DREAMACT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMIGBAD from Houston Area Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • Do immigrants to the U.S. generally take more from the American economy than they contribute, or do they contribute more than they take? (IMMIGBAD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • UNDOCBAD from Houston Area Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • Large numbers of undocumented immigrants have been coming to Houston in recent years. How much of a problem do you think this is for the city? Would you say: very serious, somewhat serious, or not much of a problem? (UNDOCBAD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WHYIMBAD from Houston Area Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • IF VERY SERIOUS OR SOMEWHAT SERIOUS (UNDOCBAD): Is the reason you see it as a problem based primarily on concerns about the immigrants taking American jobs; about strains on public services (such as schools and hospitals); about increases in crime; or something else? Which one is most important? (WHYIMBAD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMIG from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 38C. Immigrants are getting too demanding in their push for equal rights. (IMMIG) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMHARM from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: do you strongly agree, agree, neither agree or disagree, disagree, or strongly disagree? -- Immigrants harm American society by bringing in strange customs and beliefs. (IMMHARM) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VIEWIMM from Campaign 2000 Typology SurveyLEARN MORE
    • Now Im going to read you some pairs of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views - even if neither is exactly right. Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents OR…Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care. (VIEWIMM) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMFARE from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Under current law, immigrants who come from other countries to the United States legally are entitled, from the very beginning, to government assistance such as Medicaid, food stamps, or welfare on the same basis as citizens. But some people say they should not be eligible until they have lived here for a year or more. Which do you think? Do you think that immigrants who are here legally should be eligible for such services as soon as they come, or should they not be eligible? (IMMFARE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMPUSH from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Immigrants are getting too demanding in their push for equal rights- do you agree or disagree? (IMMPUSH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMUNEMP from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • What do you think will happen as a result of more immigrants coming to this country? Higher unemployment. (IMMUNEMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMUNITE from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • What do you think will happen as a result of more immigrants coming to this country? Make it harder to keep the country united. (IMMUNITE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMWRKUP from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • The Irish, Italians, Jews, and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up. Todays immigrants should do the same without any special favors- do you agree or disagree? (IMMWRKUP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RIMMDISC from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • What about immigrants? Is it very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely that you or anyone in your family wont get a promotion while an equally or less qualified immigrant employee receives one instead? (RIMMDISC) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • UNDOCCOL from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Should illegal immigrants be entitled to attend public universities at the same cost as other students, or not? (UNDOCCOL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • UNDOCKID from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Should illegal immigrants be entitled to have their children continue to qualify as American citizens if born in the United States, or not? (UNDOCKID) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WLTHIMM from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Where on a seven point scale (1 being rich, 7 being poor) would you rate: Immigrants who are in this country legally? (WLTHIMM) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WORKIMM from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Where on a seven point scale (1 being hard-working, 7 being lazy) would you rate: Legal immigrants? (WORKIMM) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FORN_LRN from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003LEARN MORE
    • Im going to read a list of statements. For each, please tell me whether you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly: Foreigners who come to live in America should give up their foreign ways and learn to be like other Americans. (FORN_LRN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • OWE_IMMG from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003LEARN MORE
    • Im going to read a list of statements. For each, please tell me whether you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly: America owes a great deal to the immigrants who came here. (OWE_IMMG) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMMIGR from Middletown Area Study, 1995LEARN MORE
    • The United States should deny welfare, food stamps, medical services and public education to illegal immigrants and their children. Do you: (IMMIGR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ARABIM from Middletown Area Study, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Which of the following best describes your position about the immigration of Arabs into the United States: There should be (ARABIM) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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