A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of likely voters think that when it comes to the issue of immigration reform, gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of illegal workers who are already in the country.
Only 33% think legalizing illegal aliens already living in the United States is more important.
The poll also found that 56% of likely voters think the federal government encourages illegal immigration. Twenty-seven percent disagree, while 17% say they are not sure.
The poll asked 1,000 likely voters on March 19-20, 2012. In February, Rasmussen asked likely voters similar questions, resulting in similar results. Fifty-nine percent said securing the border was more important, while only 34% said legalizing the status of illegal workers should be the priority.
Read more about the poll at Rasmussen Reports.