Pace University Pulse Survey: America’s Immigration Policy

The latest Pace University Pulse Survey conducted by Pace University’s Lubin School of Business shows 86 percent of citizens in the tri-state region around New York City think United States policy on immigration and patrolling the borders is making the nation at least “somewhat vulnerable” to terrorism.

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Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University,
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PACE UNIVERSITY PULSE SURVEY: America’s Immigration Policy

Poll shows citizens feel U.S. immigration and border policies make nation vulnerable to terrorism

White Plains, New York – January 9, 2003 – The latest Pace University Pulse Survey conducted by Pace University’s Lubin School of Business shows 86 percent of citizens in the tri-state region around New York City think United States policy on immigration and patrolling the borders is making the nation at least “somewhat vulnerable” to terrorism.

The survey was designed by graduate students of the Lubin School and administered in December. Of particular interest:

· While the vast majority of those surveyed think current immigration and border patrol policies are making the nation somewhat vulnerable, 100 percent of those 50 and above (14 percent of the sample) say they feel this “strongly.”

· Two-thirds believe America’s overall policy on illegal aliens is “too soft.” When questioned about the policy of granting “automatic” citizenship to the children of illegal aliens,” respondents softened: only 51 percent said it should be ended.

· Fewer than half say the Border Patrol and the Immigration and Naturalization Service are doing “somewhat of a good job” or better.

· 59 percent say they approve of cultural “profiling” for safety purposes.

· Half indicate the September 11 terrorist attacks have altered their views on immigration.

“The voice of the people is clear. There is a strong desire for control of our borders and immigration,” said James S. Gould, Ph.D., the professor of marketing at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business whose course conducts the Pulse Surveys. The results suggest, he said, that “Our nation’s immigration policy can not and must not be a political strategy.”

The Pulse findings are based on 157 responses from residents of the tri-state area. A sampling error of +/- 7 percent is expected. No clear disparity emerged between the opinions of males and females, who each roughly made up half of the sampled population. Overall, the respondents had similar backgrounds. Eighty-five percent were between the ages of 20-49; 83 percent possessed an undergraduate college degree or higher.

Pace University Pulse Surveys are conducted under the direction of Professor Gould, using a state-of-the-art survey methodology developed by Alternative Technology Corporation, Hastings-on-Hudson NY. Previous survey topics include public smoking, property taxes, U.S. policy on Iraq and voter preferences for New York candidates. The objective of the Pulse project is to acquaint students with survey methods while obtaining information of potential interest to the public.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.

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