Whiskey/testing99/evil neocon had a post saying that women favor immigration more than men. I agree with him on attitudes toward welfare by gender (I might provide data for that later), but I thought I should investigate the claim about immigration in the GSS. The search feature wasn’t working there, but through the exhaustive work of scrolling down and clicking to expand variables, I found some relevant questions whose results I give below.

INCREASE OR DECREASE IMMIGRANTS TO US

Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:

-Column percent

-Weighted N

SEX
1

MALE

2

FEMALE

ROW

TOTAL

LETIN 1: INCREASED A LOT 3.3

42

3.1

45

3.2

87

2: INCREASED A LITTLE 5.1

64

4.6

67

4.8

131

3: SAME AS NOW 36.7

467

37.4

542

37.1

1,010

4: DECREASED A LITTLE 25.3

322

26.2

380

25.8

702

5: DECREASED A LOT 29.6

377

28.7

416

29.1

793

COL TOTAL 100.0

1,273

100.0

1,450

100.0

2,723

WILL IMMIGRANTS FUEL UNEMPLOYMENT

Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:

-Column percent

-Weighted N

SEX
1

MALE

2

FEMALE

ROW

TOTAL

IMMUNEMP 1: VERY LIKELY 55.9

379

58.1

426

57.1

805

2: SOMEWHAT LIKELY 33.0

224

31.7

233

32.4

457

3: NOT TOO LIKELY 8.6

58

7.8

57

8.2

116

4: NOT AT ALL LIKELY 2.4

16

2.4

17

2.4

34

COL TOTAL 100.0

678

100.0

733

100.0

1,412

WILL IMMIGRANTS AFFECT NATIONAL UNITY

Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:

-Column percent

-Weighted N

SEX
1

MALE

2

FEMALE

ROW

TOTAL

IMMUNITE 1: VERY LIKELY 27.9

352

28.5

416

28.2

767

2: SOMEWHAT LIKELY 35.7

451

36.6

534

36.2

985

3: NOT TOO LIKELY 27.3

345

26.4

385

26.8

730

4: NOT AT ALL LIKELY 9.1

115

8.6

125

8.8

239

COL TOTAL 100.0

1,262

100.0

1,460

100.0

2,721

IMMIGRANTS ELIGIBLE FOR GOVT ASSISTANCE?

Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:

-Column percent

-Weighted N

SEX
1

MALE

2

FEMALE

ROW

TOTAL

IMMFARE 1: ELIGIBLE 35.9

241

31.9

233

33.8

474

2: NOT ELIGIBLE 64.1

430

68.1

497

66.2

928

COL TOTAL 100.0

671

100.0

730

100.0

1,401

ARE IMMIGRANTS DEMANDING TOO MANY RIGHTS?

Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:

-Column percent

-Weighted N

SEX
1

MALE

2

FEMALE

ROW

TOTAL

IMMPUSH 1: STRONGLY AGREE 23.3

158

27.2

194

25.3

352

2: AGREE 35.3

238

33.1

237

34.2

475

3: NEITHER AGREE NOR DISAGREE 22.2

150

23.3

167

22.8

317

4: DISAGREE 16.7

113

13.3

95

15.0

208

5: STRONGLY DISAGREE 2.5

17

3.0

22

2.8

38

COL TOTAL 100.0

675

100.0

714

100.0

1,390

It can go the other way sometimes as well.

SHOULD ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS GET WORK PERMITS?

Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:

-Column percent

-Weighted N

SEX
1

MALE

2

FEMALE

ROW

TOTAL

UNDOCWRK 1: YES, ENTITLED 11.2

76

15.0

109

13.2

186

2: NO, NOT ENTITLED 88.8

606

85.0

620

86.8

1,225

COL TOTAL 100.0

682

100.0

729

100.0

1,411

US CITIZENSHIP FOR CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:

-Column percent

-Weighted N

SEX
1

MALE

2

FEMALE

ROW

TOTAL

UNDOCKID 1: YES, ENTITLED 48.6

327

54.1

380

51.4

707

2: NO, NOT ENTITLED 51.4

346

45.9

322

48.6

668

COL TOTAL 100.0

673

100.0

702

100.0

1,375

UPDATE: Whiskey now says “[…] middle income women always support more immigration, legal or illegal.” I hadn’t broken it down by income before, now I will. This is INCOME by LETIN, filtered with SEX(2).

Cells contain:
-Column percent
-Row percent
-Weighted N
INCOME
1
LT $1000
2
$1000 TO 2999
3
$3000 TO 3999
4
$4000 TO 4999
5
$5000 TO 5999
6
$6000 TO 6999
7
$7000 TO 7999
R
O
W

T
O
T
A
L

L
E
T
I
N
1: INCREASED
A LOT
.0
.0
0
7.4
15.4
1
5.0
15.5
1
6.0
15.3
1
8.5
23.0
2
3.2
7.8
1
9.3
23.0
2
5.8
100.0
7
2: INCREASED
A LITTLE
.0
.0
0
3.7
5.6
1
12.4
27.6
3
9.0
16.6
2
23.0
44.7
4
.0
.0
0
3.1
5.5
1
8.0
100.0
10
3: SAME
AS NOW
50.1
16.3
7
44.4
15.0
7
40.0
20.0
9
30.5
12.5
5
25.8
11.2
5
28.2
11.2
5
34.5
13.7
6
35.6
100.0
44
4: DECREASED
A LITTLE
30.8
16.8
4
14.8
8.4
2
20.1
16.8
4
21.1
14.5
4
17.1
12.5
3
34.3
22.9
6
12.5
8.3
2
21.3
100.0
26
5: DECREASED
A LOT
19.1
7.6
3
29.7
12.2
4
22.5
13.6
5
33.3
16.7
6
25.7
13.6
5
34.3
16.7
6
40.6
19.7
7
29.3
100.0
36
COL TOTAL 100.0
11.6
14
100.0
12.0
15
100.0
17.8
22
100.0
14.6
18
100.0
15.5
19
100.0
14.2
17
100.0
14.2
17
100.0
100.0
123
Means 3.69 3.56 3.43 3.67 3.28 3.97 3.72 3.60
Std Devs .80 1.21 1.14 1.23 1.33 .98 1.32 1.16
Unweighted N 16 19 25 26 27 26 25 164

Now for the higher earners and no-responses.

Cells contain:
-Column percent
-Row percent
-Weighted N
INCOME
8
$8000 TO 9999
9
$10000 – 14999
10
$15000 – 19999
11
$20000 – 24999
12
$25000 OR MORE
13
REFUSED
ROW
TOTAL
L
E
T
I
N
1: INCREASED

A LOT

7.5
8.1
3
2.9
8.1
3
.0
.0
0
7.0
22.5
8
2.3
54.9
19
2.2
6.5
2
2.7
100.0
34
2: INCREASED

A LITTLE

7.5
5.1
3
8.2
14.3
8
3.5
6.2
3
7.5
15.2
8
3.6
55.1
30
2.2
4.1
2
4.3
100.0
54
3: SAME

AS NOW

28.4
2.2
10
31.4
6.3
29
34.0
6.9
32
28.6
6.6
31
39.6
68.7
322
43.4
9.2
43
37.6
100.0
468
4: DECREASED

A LITTLE

28.3
3.0
10
28.4
7.8
27
28.6
7.9
27
20.0
6.4
22
28.5
67.7
231
24.8
7.2
25
27.4
100.0
342
5: DECREASED

A LOT

28.4
3.0
10
29.0
7.8
27
33.9
9.2
32
37.0
11.6
40
26.0
60.6
211
27.4
7.8
27
28.0
100.0
348
COL TOTAL 100.0
2.9
37
100.0
7.5
94
100.0
7.6
95
100.0
8.7
109
100.0
65.2
812
100.0
8.0
99
100.0
100.0
1,246
Means 3.63 3.73 3.93 3.72 3.72 3.73 3.74
Std Devs 1.20 1.06 .91 1.23 .97 .96 1.00
Unweighted N 47 124 105 123 751 106 1,256

The means for every income group are above 3, so they all on average want less immigration. Somewhat surprisingly, the average for the second, higher income, set is more opposed than the lower. The mean for the single highest income bucket is 3.72, above the aforementioned average of 3.60. Perhaps that’s due to more hispanics being in the lower incomes.

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