Support for Emergency Care for Immigrants Nears 50% in New Poll
Significantly more people are in favor of providing emergency medical treatment and public schooling to undocumented and documented immigrants than offering them access to other social services, according to a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The poll also found that 46% of respondents believe immigrants, whether undocumented or documented, should be able to receive treatment in EDs, while one-third support denying social services, including access to EDs and public schooling, to undocumented immigrants.
Among respondents who believe immigrants have a negative effect on life in the U.S., 19% say immigrants increase the cost of social services.
Immigration was cited as the fifth-most-important issue for presidential candidates to address; health care came in fourth.
The survey was conducted Friday through Monday with 1,245 registered voters. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points (Hook, Los Angeles Times, 12/6).