These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,184 adults surveyed online
The Constitution is a sacred American document. Many political groups call on it's words to support their policies and stances and other nations have copied it when establishing their own tenets. Thus, it seems predictable when asked if the Fourteenth Amendment, guaranteeing citizenship to any person born in
Despite this support for the Constitution, when the question is framed slightly differently and maternity tourism is explained, a different response is seen. When Americans were told that some pregnant foreigners arrange trips to
- Four in five Republicans (79%) say the Constitution should be changed to no longer allow for this, as do seven in ten Independents (70%) and 54% of Democrats;
Tea Partysupporters feel most strongly about this as 81% say the Constitution should be changed here; and,
- Majorities of Conservatives (75%), Moderates (67%) and Liberals (52%) agree as well.
Following this re-look at the rights provided by the Fourteenth Amendment, when Americans were asked if they agree or disagree that it is appropriate that any baby born on U.S. soil is an automatic citizen of
Similar to the bi-partisan agreement seen with regard to changing the Constitution in this case, members of all political parties and philosophies also agree on several stipulations for automatic citizenship:
- Republicans (84%), Democrats (63%), Independents (74%), Conservatives (84%), Moderates (72%), Liberals (53%), and Tea Party Supporters (85%) all agree that babies born in the U.S. should need an American citizen as their parent in order to become an automatic U.S. citizen;
- Similar numbers of each of these groups (between 65% and 79% of all political groups, between 60% and 77% of all political philosophies and 80% of
Tea Partysupporters) also agree that babies born on American soil should need a parent who is a permanent resident of the U.S. in order to become an automatic citizen; and,
- While the agreement is less strong across all groups, 53% of U.S. adults also say that in order to limit these birthing trips the U.S. should screen for pregnancy before allowing foreigners into the country—two thirds of Republicans (64%), Conservatives (66%) and Tea Party Supporters (66%) say this and just about half of Democrats (48%), Independents (50%) and Moderates (52%) do yet in this case only 36% of Liberals agree.