Bill Bishop examines public opinion on immigration in rural America, which leans Republican:
Rural voters are all over the map on the immigration issue. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) say immigration is "good for America." A slight majority (45 percent to 42 percent) say immigration is good for the U.S. economy.
Seven out of ten rural voters, however, support laws "like the ones in Arizona and Alabama that allow local law enforcement officers to check the papers of people they suspect are illegal immigrants." But they also support a "path to citizenship" for undocumented immigrant children and they oppose (62 percent to 31 percent) a constitutional amendment that would eliminate citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.