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Americans increasingly accepting of immigrants: poll

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More Americans support maintaining immigration into the country at its present level than those who say it should be decreased, a new poll shows.

Gallup Politics found that 40 percent say immigration should be kept steady and 35 percent think it should be further limited. Respondents were least likely, at 23 percent, to say immigration should be increased.

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The figures contrast starkly with views in the wake of the terrorism attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Then, close to half of Americans said immigration should be decreased, while only 12 percent to 18 percent wanted an increase.

The desire to accept more immigrants has increased steadily, from 14 percent to 23 percent, since 2009, Gallup said.

Nonwhites, it said, have “consistently been more likely than whites to favor increased immigration.”

Gallup conducted its poll as Congress sets its sights on immigration reform. The Senate passed a sweeping bill that would beef up border security and enforcement, but reforms face a tougher test in the Republican-controlled House.

The results are based on telephone interviews of 4,373 adults from June 13 through Friday. The margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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