Attitudes Toward Immigration and Immigrants: The Impact of Economic and Cultural Cues in the US and Canada
35 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 17 Aug 2011
Date Written: 2011
Past research suggests that citizens’ attitudes toward immigration are driven, in part, by attitudes toward racial diversity. In this study, we draw on a unique online survey experiment conducted with representative samples of both Americans and Canadians to directly test this assertion. The analysis is based on a 2X2 experimental design embedded in a series of immigrant vignettes that vary the racial background and social status of an individual applying for immigration to the US/Canada. We examine the extent to which both racial and economic-status cues affect support for immigration. Results offer new and unique information on the structure of attitudes on diversity and immigration in the US and Canada.
Keywords: immigration, public opinion, survey experiment
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