Sunday, April 09, 2006
By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer -- 1 hour, 3 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Rising anxiety has pushed immigration close to the economy in the public's view of the most important problems facing this country, according to an AP-Ipsos poll. Those issues ranked slightly behind war in and elsewhere.
U.S. Border Patrol agents prepare illegal immigrants to be transported in Three Points, Ariz., Friday, right. Debates over illegal immigration has lead to several protest in Arizona and throughout the country. (AP Photo/Khampha Bouaphanh)
Immigration's rise in the latest survey about the nation's top problems suggests the public is keeping close watch on the immigration debate in Congress and reaction around the country.
Efforts in the Senate to pass sweeping immigration legislation faltered Friday, leaving in doubt the prospects for passage of a measure that offered the hope of citizenship to millions of men, women and children living in the United States illegally.
When people were asked this past week to name the top national problem that came to mind, 13 percent said immigration -- four times the number who said that in January. Roughly the same number, 14 percent of those polled, named the economy, according to the poll of 500 adults conducted April 3-5. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
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