Results from a recent statewide poll reveal that over 80 percent of Utahns believe legal immigration has a positive effect on Utah’s economy, and more than three-quarters of Utahns support increasing opportunities for legal immigration. Utahns are reversed on the principle of illegal immigration though, with 63 percent believing it has a negative effect on the state’s economy.

The survey, conducted in partnership by Dan Jones & Associates and the David Eccles School of Business, shows nearly 8 in 10 (77 percent) Utahns support increasing opportunities for foreigners to legally immigrate to the United States. This positive sentiment comes in light of efforts in the U.S. Congress to reform the nation’s immigration system. Democrats show slightly more support at 85 percent, while 76 percent of Republicans also indicate they support increasing opportunities for legal immigration.

“It is interesting that Utahns on both ends of the political spectrum are so supportive of increasing avenues for legal immigration,” said Dr. Dan Jones of Dan Jones & Associates. “Immigration is a topic