July 13, 2006

The 2006 National Survey of Latinos: The Immigration Debate

Field Dates: 6/5/06 – 7/3/06

Respondents: Nationally-representative sample of 2,000 Latino respondents age 18 and older

Margin of Error:  3.8%

This survey was the first major public opinion poll of the Hispanic population to be conducted after the spring 2006 pro-immigration marches and congressional debate. The survey included both new questions that related specifically to the immigration debate and questions that have appeared on previous surveys by the Center to chart changes in attitudes over time.

Interviews were conducted during the period that followed the last of the major marches and congressional votes and preceded the round of field hearings conducted by committees of both chambers of Congress in the summer of 2006.

The sample was drawn using Random Digit Dialing (RDD) methodology and was stratified according to density of Hispanic population and country of origin groups. The sampling design produced an oversample of Latinos of Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central and South American origins. The results are weighted to represent the actual distribution of adults throughout the United States.