A recent poll from USC Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times shows a trend towards acceptance of undocumented immigrants in California. In 1994, Proposition 187, a ballot initiative banning undocumented immigrants from California public schools and hospitals, passed with 59 percent of the vote, though most of the measures were never enacted.
The new poll shows that today, the proposition might not pass at all: results were nearly tied. Though there are no propositions on immigration reform on this year’s ballot, the survey results are a sign of a shift in attitudes towards immigrants who enter the country illegally. Though some of this change has to do with the increasing Latino population, analysts argue it’s indicative of a larger movement towards tolerance for undocumented immigrants.
How might opinions on immigration continue to change? What kinds of propositions concerning undocumented immigrants might California see on future ballots?
Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC and adjunct faculty at USC Annenberg School