The following graph shows immigration restrictionism indices, by social class, from the onset of the Great Awokening through the latest iteration of the GSS. The survey asked respondents what they “think the number of immigrants nowadays to America should be”. The IR index is calculated as follows: (2*%reduced a lot)+(% reduced a little)-(% increased a little)-(2*% increased a lot):
Even elite opinion tilts modestly towards a reduction of immigration into the country. But the lower and working classes emphatically lean towards curtailing it. If only the American working class had someone running for president who could be their voice on the issue. If only.
GSS variables used: CLASS, YEAR(2012-2018), LETIN1A