By a more than 4-to-1 margin, West Virginians say they want legal immigration -- that has been averaging around one million a year -- reduced to a half-million or less. That is the preference of nearly all demographic groups, West Virginia’s Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Union Households, conservatives, liberals, moderates, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants and those of other religions and no religion, according to a survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 West Virginians likely to vote in next year's midterm congressional elections.
The results suggest that support from West Virginians across the political spectrum for cutting immigration likely had an impact on President Trump winning the state in 2016 and that support for less immigration would likely continue to be reflected at the polls in 2018.
West Virginians would achieve the 50% reduction by ending "Chain Migration" and the "Visa Lottery":
- 68% of West Virginians support ending “Chain Migration”--- eliminating the extended-family categories and limiting family-based immigration to spouses and minor children. West Virginians also support by a 3-to-1 margin ending the “Visa Lottery” that randomly gives out lifetime work permits to foreign citizens.
- Even if it causes prices to rise, 71% of West Virginians favor employers paying higher wages to attract American workers over the government continuing to automatically give out around a million lifetime work permits to new immigrants each year.
- 81% of West Virginians say that rather than providing businesses with so many foreign workers each year, businesses should be "required" to try harder to recruit Americans facing high poverty and unemployment rates, including Black and Hispanic Americans, and younger Americans of all ethnicities without a college degree.
View the polls results here.