SOURCE: BIGresearch

December 05, 2007 10:28 ET

American Pulse™ Survey: Providing Benefits to Undocumented Immigrants; Overwhelming Majority Don't Think It's Good for America

Respondents Want Political Candidates Who Are Honest, Tell the Truth and Stand for What They Believe In

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - December 5, 2007) - As the debate heats up over whether or not the U.S. Government should provide benefits to undocumented immigrants, most Americans agree that it is not good for the country, according to the American Pulse™ Survey of 4,069 respondents. The majority of respondents said "No" when asked if they think undocumented immigrants should be given the following: Driver's License (81.7%), Business License (89.3%), Housing Assistance (82.8%), Educational Benefits (76.7%) and Job Training (73.7%).

Honesty and integrity top the list of qualities Americans would like to see in candidates running for federal office as 81.4% say honesty, 77.6% say a willingness to tell the truth, even if it harms their position and 77.1% say a willingness to stand for what they believe in, even if it's not in line with the position of his/her party.

Other key findings include:

--  Over half (56.9%) are very/somewhat concerned that terrorism will
    affect the safety of their food.
--  61.1% drink both bottled water and tap water... 22.7% say they don't
    drink bottled water because they think it's from the tap.
--  Almost half (48.8%) are confident that hospital workers do everything
    they can to keep them safe if they were to go to the hospital and 34.2%
    worry a hospital stay would result in them getting sicker.
--  59.4% say they regularly or occasionally play video games.
--  A little over one-third (36.3%) of video gamers are watching TV less,
    19.4% are going to movies less and 15.7% are sleeping less.

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American Pulse™ Survey is collected online by BIGresearch every month exclusively utilizing Survey Sampling International's (SSI) U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, religion, pop culture and the economy.

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