MISSOULA – Fifty-three percent of Montanans think an increasing number of people of many different races, ethnic groups and nationalities in the United States makes the country a better place to live, according to results from the University of Montana’s Big Sky Poll.
Nine percent of voters answered that this would make it a worse place to live, and 38 percent stated it does not matter either way.
However, Montanans are more divided on legal immigration. Fifty-two percent of Montanans believe it should be easier to legally immigrate to the United States, while 48 percent stated it should be more difficult. Fifty-seven percent of women in the sample believe it should be easier to legally immigrate to the United States, and less than half of the men in the sample (49 percent) believe it should be easier.
The UM Big Sky Poll was conducted via telephone Aug. 13-31, with 618 randomly selected registered voters in the state of Montana. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. Use of poll findings requires attribution to the UM Big Sky Poll.
The poll collects and reports information about Montanans’ perceptions of local, state and federal issues. The Big Sky Poll is led by Sara Rinfret, director of UM’s Master in Public Administration Program, and Justin Angle, UM associate professor of marketing, in conjunction with eight seminar students from UM’s MPA and Business Analytics programs.
The survey was commissioned with support from UM’s Social Science Research Laboratory. The UM Big Sky Poll will be conducted on an ongoing basis, with its next iteration in Spring 2019.
Full results from the poll can found on the UM Big Sky Poll website at http://umt.edu/bigskypoll.