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Public and Elites Differ Sharply on Immigraton By: Center for Immigration Studies
Center for Immigration Studies | Thursday, December 12, 2002


While it has long been suspected that the public and elite opinions differ on the issue of immigration policy, a new survey provides the most compelling evidence yet that an enormous gap exists between the American public and opinion leaders on this issue -- a gap that appears to be widening.

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) is the first detailed examination of the immigration-related findings of a recent opinion survey conducted by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations earlier this year. The survey was based on telephone interviews of ordinary Americans and a cross-section of "opinion leaders," including members of Congress, the Bush administration, church leaders, business executives, union leaders, journalists, academics, and the leaders of major interest
groups.

The new CIS report, "Elite vs. Public Opinion: An Examination of Divergent Views on Immigration," by Steven Camarota and Roy Beck, will be released at a panel discussion on Tuesday, December 17, in the National Press Club's Murrow Room at 9 a.m. Joining the authors on the panel will be Scott
Rasmussen, president of ScottPolls, a leading political polling firm, and a frequent commentator for Fox News, CNN, and other national media; and James Gimpel, political scientist at the University of Maryland and co-author of "The Congressional Politics of Immigration Reform." The report will be on
line on Tuesday, December 17, at http://www.cis.org/articles/2002/back1402.html.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public, but due to limited space, an RSVP is requested. To RSVP, contact John Keeley at (202) 466-8185 or jmk@cis.org



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