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For logical reasons, America’s southern border states, such as Texas and Arizona, dominate news regarding the border security crisis, but voters in other states, such as North Carolina, are growing increasingly concerned about illegal immigration and its overall national impact.

Recent poll results from Rasmussen Reports and NumbersUSA revealed that 81% of Likely North Carolina voters surveyed believe it is important for their state to “use every tool available to combat illegal immigration”, including 58% who think it’s very important. Conversely, only 14% of North Carolina voters said it’s not important for their state.

“North Carolina voters across the board demand effective enforcement of the state’s mandatory E-Verify law,” said Andrew Good, director of State Government Relations for NumbersUSA. “It is long past time for the State Legislature and Governor Roy Cooper to ensure that employers in North Carolina are hiring only workers who are legally allowed to work in the state.”

The survey of 1,053 North Carolina Likely Voters was conducted on May 26-27, 2024, by Rasmussen Reports and NumbersUSA. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Other notable results from the poll:

  • 74% agree that hiring illegal workers harms legal workers by reducing pay, diminishing working conditions, and making fewer jobs available to North Carolinians, including 53% who Strongly Agree, compared to 21% who disagree.
  • 62% believe that when businesses say they are having trouble finding North Carolinians to take jobs in construction, manufacturing, hospitality, or seasonal work, it is general better for businesses to raise pay and try harder to recruit non-working North Carolinians even if it causes prices to rise.
  • 20% think it’s better for the government to bring in new foreign workers to help keep business costs and prices down, while 19% are not sure.
  • 46% of North Carolina voters approve of the job that Joe Biden is doing as president, including 26% who strongly approve, while 53% disapprove of Biden’s job performance, including 45% who strongly disapprove.
  • 76% would support a program that allowed state and local law enforcement agencies to partner with federal immigration authorities to better capture, detain, hold, and deport criminal illegal aliens, including 50% who would strongly support such a program, and only 15% would be opposed.
  • 65% would support a state law to charge a fee for money transfers out of the United States to help reduce remittances – money sent by foreign workers to their home countries.
  • 50% say that if their state representative voted against a bill mandating E-Verify, they would be less likely to support them in the future.
  • Only 20% would be more likely to support their state representative for voting against E-Verify, while 20% say it doesn’t matter and 10% are not sure.
  • 56% of North Carolina Republicans, 41% of Democrats and 52% of unaffiliated voters would be less likely to support a state representative who votes against an E-Verify bill.


  • Matt O'Hern

    Matt O’Hern created to inform voters about the latest news and developments surrounding the top political issues and trends involving federal, state and local leaders throughout the southeastern United States. Population booms and demographic shifts have made the southeast the most competitive region in the nation. Since 2004, O’Hern has worked with political campaigns in roles ranging from major projects involving nationwide digital marketing for U.S. Presidential candidates, U.S. Congressmen, state governors, and state representatives. O’Hern’s journalism background includes news reporting and editing for various organizations and news publications in Alabama and Florida since 2002. O’Hern graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, with a degree in journalism, and a minor in political science.

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