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UMass Poll Finds 1/3 of Americans Believe ‘Great Replacement’ Theory’s Immigration Threat

Raymond La Raja, Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the UMass Poll, is quoted in an article examining the latest poll results finding one-third of Americans believe in the “Great Replacement” theory, which claims the U.S. is at risk of losing its national and cultural identity as a result of the growing influx of immigrants to the country. “We can see why immigration is such a boiling issue,” La Raja says. “One-third of Americans believe that the growth in the number of immigrants in the country means that America is in danger of losing its culture and identity. But 41% of voters disagree. A remarkable 37% of voters think some elected officials want more immigration to bring in obedient voters who will vote for them, while 33% disagree. Grappling with immigration policy will continue to be among the most challenging tasks for political leadership. There is no dodging the strong emotions that drive people’s politics on this issue.” ( MassLive, 10/26/22; News Office release)


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