West Virginia Survey of 770 Likely Midterm Voters
Conducted May 17-23, 2017
By Pulse Opinion Research
Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
1. When businesses say they are having trouble finding Americans to take jobs in construction, manufacturing, hospitality and other service work, what is generally best for the country? Is it better to raise the pay until they can attract Americans without jobs even if it causes prices to rise, or is it better for the government to continue to automatically bring in new immigrants each year and keep the costs down?
71% Better to raise the pay to attract Americans without jobs even if prices rise
10% Better for the government to automatically bring in new immigrants to keep the
20% Not sure
2. Some businesses say it is especially difficult to hire workers from among groups with the highest unemployment and poverty rates, which includes Black and Hispanic Americans and younger Americans of all ethnic groups without a college degree. Should businesses be required to try harder to recruit and train people from those groups with the highest unemployment or should the government continue to bring in new immigrants to compete for the jobs?
81% Business should be required to try harder to recruit and train from groups with
7% Government should continue to bring in new immigrants to compete for jobs
13% Not sure
3. Current federal policy automatically adds about one million new legal immigrants each year giving all of them lifetime work visas. Which is closest to the number of lifetime immigrant work visas the government should be adding each year -- none, 250,000, half a million, one million, one and a half million, two million, or more than two million?
14% Half a million 72% Half-million or less
11% One million 16% One million or more
2% One and a half million
2% Two million
1% More than two million
13% Not sure
4. When businesses are allowed to bring in immigrant workers on lifetime work permits, who should those immigrants be allowed to eventually petition to also get lifetime work permits….their spouse and minor children only, their extended family in addition to their spouse and minor children or no family members at all?
59% Spouse and minor children only
14% Extended family in addition to spouse and minor children
21% No family members at all
6% Not sure
5. When a refugee is allowed to settle in the United States, who should that refugee be allowed to eventually petition to also get lifetime work permits -- their spouse and minor children only, their extended family in addition to their spouse and minor children or no family members at all?
55% Spouse and minor children only
17% Extended family in addition to spouse and minor children
23% No family members at all
6% Not sure
6. When people from other countries marry United States citizens, should those foreign born spouses be allowed to petition to get lifetime work permits for their extended family or should they only be allowed to petition to get lifetime work permits for any minor children they may have?
19% They should be allowed to petition for lifetime work permits for their extended
66% Only for any minor children they may have
14% Not sure
7. A bill in the U.S. Senate would allow immigrants to bring in their spouse and minor children but would end migration of extended family. Do you favor or oppose allowing immigrants to bring in only their spouse and minor children and NOT their extended family?
13% Not sure
8. A bill in Congress would eliminate a government run visa lottery that each year randomly selects approximately 50,000 new immigrants around the world to move to the United States. Opponents of the visa lottery criticize it for bringing in people without any regard for their skills or how they affect American workers who have to compete with them for jobs. Supporters of the visa lottery say it is needed to add diversity to the United States. Should the United States eliminate the visa lottery or continue the visa lottery?
68% Eliminate the visa lottery
22% Continue the visa lottery
10% Not sure
9. Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose setting up rules to ensure that businesses give first preference for jobs to American workers and legal immigrants already in this country before businesses can ask for new immigrant workers?
72% Strongly support
16% Somewhat support 88% Support
5% Somewhat oppose 8% Oppose
3% Strongly oppose
4% Not sure
10. The Pew Research Center projects that immigration policies are set to add more than 100 million people to the United States over the next 50 years. In terms of the environmental consequences of that much population growth, will the effect be negative, positive, or basically neutral?
26% Basically neutral
14% Not sure
11. A bill in Congress would reduce by 40% the one million legal immigrants automatically added to the country each year. Is this too large a reduction, too small a reduction or is the reduction about right?
23% Too large a reduction
31% Too small a reduction
33% The reduction is about right
13% Not sure
12. On the issue of helping refugees, the U.S. government has settled an average of 63,000 refugees in local U.S. communities every year for the last decade. Next year how many refugees should the United States admit – more than 100,000, 75000, 50000, 25000, fewer than 25000, or none and instead assist refugees in safe zones close to their home countries?
11% Admit more than 100,000
8% Admit 75,000 19% More than 50,000
10% Admit 50,000 71% 50,000 or less
7% Admit 25,000
13% Admit fewer than 25,000
41% Admit none and instead assist refugees in safe zones close to their home countries
9% Not sure
13. Do you find most immigrants you have met personally to be hard-working people who would make good neighbors?
27% Not sure
14. In the question of ILLEGAL immigration, do you favor or oppose requiring every business to use the government’s online E-Verify system to make sure every job goes to an American or other authorized worker instead of to an illegal worker?
81% Favor requiring E-Verify
10% Oppose requiring E-Verify
9% Not sure
Methodology: The survey of 770 likely midterm voters in WEST VIRGINIA was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research on May 17-23, 2017. Pulse Opinion Research, LLC is an independent public opinion research firm using automated polling methodology and procedures licensed from Rasmussen Reports, LLC.
“Likely Midterm Voters” are those who answered “always” or “usually” to the question: “How often do you vote in congressional elections when there isn’t a presidential contest?”
The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 3.5% percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. This means that an identical survey conducted under the same circumstances would generate a result within the margin of sampling error 19 times out of 20.
The survey was conducted using an established automated polling methodology. For 78%, sample calls were placed to randomly-selected phone numbers through a process that insures appropriate geographical representation. Twenty two percent (22%) of the sample was conducted via online surveys of those individuals who use a cell-phone as their primary telephone. After the calls and on-line surveys were completed, the raw data is processed through a weighting program to insure that the sample reflects the overall population in terms of age, race, gender, political party, and other factors. The processing step is required because different segments of the population answer the phone in different ways. For example, women answer the phone more than men, older people are home more and answer more than younger people, and rural residents typically answer the phone more frequently than urban residents.
The population targets were based upon census bureau data, a series of screening questions to determine likely voters, and other factors. Pulse Opinion Research determines its partisan weighting targets through a dynamic weighting system that takes into account voting history, national trends, and recent polling.