Only 12 percent of registered voters support legislation to deport Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients to their home countries if the immigration program is rescinded, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday.
The Sept. 7-11 survey found Trump supporters are overwhelmingly against deporting the 800,000 DACA recipients. Even among people who voted for Trump, only 20 percent want to see them deported.
The majority of people hope for different options. Fifty-four percent would prefer to see a bill that gives DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship. Another 19 percent want group members to be given legal status, but not citizenship.
Despite the differences of opinion on the possibility of ending DACA by March 5, 2018, nearly two-thirds of voters say the protections are an important priority or a top priority.
Fifty-eight percent of Republicans agree this type of program should be continued. Conservatives are more confident than liberals that Congress will pass a bill to protect DACA recipients, 59 to 30 percent.
The online poll was conducted among 1,976 registered voters nationwide and had a 2 percentage point margin of error.