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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

1 in 3 fear immigrants influence US elections: Associated Press-NORC survey

PHOENIX — With anti-immigrant rhetoric in the lead up to this year’s crucial midterm elections, nearly 1 in 3 American adults believe an effort is underway to replace US-born Americans with immigrants for electoral gains. .

According to a survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, about 3 in 10 also worry that American-born Americans are losing their economic, political and cultural influence because of more immigration. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to fear a loss of influence due to immigration, 36% to 27%.

Those views mirror anti-immigrant sentiment on social media and cable TV, with conservative commentators such as Tucker Carlson taking advantage of fears that the new arrivals could undermine Native-Native populations.

In its most extreme manifestation, increasingly public views in the US and Europe tap into a decades-old conspiracy theory known as the “Great Substitution”, a false claim that native-born populations were replaced by non-white immigrants. are being eroded by, and will eventually wipe out, their culture and values. The once-taboo word became the mantra of the Conservative candidate losing in the recent French presidential election.

Sally Ganz, 80, said, “I strongly believe that Democrats — from Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, all the way down — want to bring illegal immigrants here and give them the right to vote immediately.” In fact, only US citizens can vote in state and federal elections, and obtaining citizenship usually takes years.

A white Republican, Ganz has lived his entire life in Trinidad, Colorado, where nearly half of the 8,300 population identifies as Hispanic, with roots dating back centuries to the region’s Spanish settlers.

“Isn’t it obvious that I watch Fox?” quipped Ganz, who said she watches conservative channels almost daily, including the top-rated Fox News Channel program “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which is a prime proponent of those views.

“Demographic change is the key to the political ambitions of the Democratic Party,” Carlson said on the show last year. “In order to win and retain power, the Democrats are planning to change the country’s population.”

Those views are not held by most Americans—in fact, two-thirds think the country’s diverse population makes America strong, and oppose the passage of legal status for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. far more favored than doing. But the deeper concerns expressed by some Americans help to explain how the issue energizes those who oppose immigration.

“I don’t think immigration really affects me or that it undermines American values,” said Daniel Valdes, 43, a registered Democrat who works in finance for an aeronautical firm on Florida’s Space Coast. “I’m so indifferent about all this.”

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