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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

Allison Harell

Université du Québec à Montréal

Stuart N. Soroka

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Shanto Iyengar

Stanford University - Department of Communication

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Harell, Allison and Soroka, Stuart N. and Iyengar, Shanto, Attitudes Toward Immigration and Immigrants: The Impact of Economic and Cultural Cues in the US and Canada (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1901722

Allison Harell (Contact Author)

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Stuart N. Soroka

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - College of Literature, Science & the Arts ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

Shanto Iyengar

Stanford University - Department of Communication ( email )

CA
United States
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