The poll found that only 30 percent of Americans say the H-1B visa program allows foreign workers to fill jobs that American workers are not able to perform. Some 44 percent said those foreign workers take jobs away from Americans.
The vast majority of Americans also said the number of H-1B visas allotted every year to companies should either be decreased, 22 percent, or kept at the current levels, 38 percent. Only 23 percent of Americans said the number of H-1B visas given out should be raised.
Americans are split on the issue of the overall impact of legal immigrants on the U.S. A total of 43 percent of Americans say immigrants “strengthen” the country, while 43 percent said they are a “burden” because of their presumed strain on social services like health care and housing.
A plurality of Americans said they disagreed with increasing the levels of low-skilled immigrants entering the U.S., which currently make up the majority of...
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