The New York Times / CBS poll conducted a telephone survey of 973 adults from April 22 to 26, 2009. The poll had a margin of error of +/-3%.
Support for pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants higher in 2009 than in 2008. Forty-four percent of poll respondents supported a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. 21% believed that they should be given temporary legal status, while 30% believed they should be required to leave the country. Two years ago, in December 2007, 38% of respondents to the same poll chose a path to citizenship, 28% chose temporary status and 28% chose removal.
Fifty-nine percent of Americans believed Obama would pass significant immigration reform in his first term. Fifty-nine percent of respondents believed Obama would pass significant immigration reform in his first term; only 35% thought reform was unlikely.