Poll: 77% of Americans believe immigrants 'no more to blame' for crime

BY RACHEL FRAZIN -

Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe that immigrants are "no more to blame for crime than other groups," according to a poll released on Thursday. 

In a Pew Research Center survey, 77 percent of American respondents said they more strongly agree with the statement that immigrants are "no more to blame for crime than other groups" than the statement that immigrants "are more to blame for crime than other groups." Nineteen percent of Americans preferred the statement that said that immigrants are more to blame. 

Of the 18 countries surveyed, U.S. respondents had the second highest belief that immigrants are no more to blame, trailing only Canada, where 80 percent of respondents believe that immigrants are no more to blame. 

Despite a relative consensus on crime, Americans are split over whether undocumented immigrants should be deported. Forty-six percent of Americans said they support deporting undocumented immigrants while 47 percent opposed the practice. 

President Trump has repeatedly cited crime as a reason for strict immigration enforcement and the need for his wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. His immigration policies, particularly the wall, have been controversial. 

Pew Research Center interviewed a total of 1,500 people between May 14 and June 15, 2018 in the survey, according to Newsweek. 

Read more: The Hill.com

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