In a recent survey of the Sacramento region, a majority of residents—71 percent—endorse a plan to allow undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States and become American citizens if they meet certain requirements over a period of time. A substantial number also feel that their city or area is a good place for ethnic or racial minorities to live (79 percent). The 2007 Sacramento State Annual Survey of the Region, conducted by Professor Amy Liu and her students, also found that more than half the public (55 percent) support a proposal to guarantee medical coverage for low-income children of undocumented immigrants in California. And 62 percent of residents oppose giving driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, which is a 10 percent decrease from two years ago, when 72 percent opposed the idea.
Other findings include:
Residents in Sacramento (85 percent) and Yolo (84 percent) counties are more likely to report that their area is a good place for minorities to live than people from El Dorado (63 percent) and Placer (68 percent) counties.
Among registered voters, Democrats (78 percent) and independents (78 percent) are more likely than Republicans (56 percent) to support allowing undocumented immigrants to stay for eventual citizenship.
Registered voters are deeply divided on whether children of undocumented immigrants should receive medical coverage: 69 percent of Democrats support the plan, 61 percent of Republicans oppose it and 59 percent of other voters or independents favor it.
The survey was a computer-assisted telephone interview of 1,106 randomly selected adults from Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties. It has a margin of error of 3 percent.