Seventy percent of Californians feel that undocumented immigrants who have lived and worked in the country for at least two years should have the opportunity to keep their jobs, a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows.
Support for that view is highest among Latinos, 92 percent, followed by Asians, 65 percent, and non-Hispanic whites, 60 percent, according to the latest PPIC Statewide Survey.
The poll was conducted via telephone interviews of 2,001 California adults during the period Feb. 21-28.
The survey found that 85 percent of Latinos and 60 percent of Asians see immigrants as a benefit for the state, while 49 percent of whites characterized them as a burden.
On other issues in the survey, almost six of every 10 Latinos support a measure proposed by California Gov. Jerry Brown that will be brought to a vote in November regarding an increase in the sales tax and a temporary tax surcharge on the wealthy.
Less than half of whites, 48 percent, support the measure.
Regarding the presidential election in November, 70 percent of Latinos surveyed support the reelection of President Barack Obama over whoever the Republican candidate ultimately proves to be, while whites are divided with 45 percent favoring the president and 43 percent the as yet undetermined Republican candidate.