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Poll: Majority in U.S. Support Path to Citizenship

At a time when the prospects of the House taking up immigration reform legislation any time soon do not look promising, a new poll finds a solid majority of Americans favor a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

“Today, 63% of Americans favor providing a way for immigrants who are currently living in the United States illegally to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, while 14% support allowing them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens,” states a new report from the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute. The report found the number of Americans supporting a pathway to citizenship is even higher when the question mentions certain requirements immigrants must meet in order to qualify.

The results show Americans have remained consistent on the issue for the past year; the institute found the same number (63 percent) in March and August.

These findings are consistent across regions of the country, as well as political parties and religions. Broken down, this includes 73 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Republicans, and 57 percent of Independents. Roughly six-in-10 residents of Arizona, Ohio, and Florida also agree, as well as white evangelicals (55 percent), minority Protestants (69 percent), white, mainstream Protestants (60 percent), Catholics (62 percent), and those with no religious affiliation (64 percent).

Fifty-five percent of Hispanics thought immigration should be a priority for the President and Congress, a significantly higher number than non-Latino whites (38 percent) and non-Latino blacks (39 percent). In total, about 4 in 10 say this should be a priority.

by Sandra Lilley/NBC Latino News