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Illegal Immigration View Altered In California

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San Francisco — A new poll is showing that Californians are nearly split in how they view the impact of illegal immigration.

A Field Poll released this morning says that 47 percent of Californians see illegal immigration as having a favorable impact on the state while 45 percent see it as having an unfavorable impact. That split has narrowed considerably from 1982, when just 19 percent saw it as favorable while 75 percent saw illegal immigration as unfavorable.

With the state´s unemployment rate at less than five percent, the poll found that seven in ten Californians believe illegal immigrants are mainly doing jobs other residents don´t want. That´s nearly twice the 38 percent that agreed in 1982.