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Fox News Poll: Gay Marriage, Immigration, WikiLeaks

The latest Fox News poll asked American voters their views on a range of issues from gay marriage to immigration to WikiLeaks to airport full-body scanners. Here are some of the findings.

Despite a majority opposing gay marriage specifically, most believe there should be some form of legal recognition for same-sex marriages (66 percent).

Thirty-seven percent of voters think gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry legally, up from 33 percent in 2009 and 20 percent in 2004.

Another 29 percent support allowing a "legal partnership" similar to but not called marriage. About one in four think there should be no legal recognition given to gay and lesbian relationships (28 percent).

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Those most likely to support allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally include liberals (59 percent), Democrats (56 percent), Northeasterners (55 percent), and those under age 30 (52 percent).

Conservatives (38 percent), Republicans (37 percent), those ages 65 and over (37 percent), and those with less than a college education (36 percent) are among those most likely to say there should be no legal recognition for same-sex relationships.

Among those who attend religious services regularly, 20 percent believe gays should be allowed to marry legally, 31 percent support a legal partnership and 43 percent believe there should be no legal recognition.

For those who attend services rarely, 44 percent support legal marriage, 31 percent legal partnership and 20 percent no legal recognition.

Immigration
There are major political differences over how to move forward on the immigration issue. Some think nothing can happen until the border is secure. Others think comprehensive immigration reform legislation is the priority.

While more voters think the government should secure the border first (21 percent) than pass new immigration laws (7 percent), most -- 68 percent -- say both should be done at the same time. That includes majorities of Democrats (72 percent), independents (67 percent) and Republicans (65 percent).

A 61 percent majority of voters think it is "impossible to seal the border" so there will always be illegal immigrants. Thirty-five percent think it is possible to seal the border and only allow legal entry.

Opinions are sharply divided on the issue of so-called "anchor babies." Nearly half of voters -- 47 percent -- think a child born to an illegal immigrant in the United States should automatically become a U.S. citizen. Fifty percent say citizenship shouldn't be automatic.

That sentiment hasn't changed much since 2006, when 45 percent of voters said yes, the child should be a U.S. citizen, and 49 percent disagreed.

A majority of Democrats (63 percent) think the child should automatically become a U.S. citizen, while an equal number of Republicans (63 percent) think citizenship shouldn't be granted.

Among independents views are split: 48 percent say the child should be a citizen and 49 percent disagree.

When asked about the economic impact of illegal immigrants in the United States, more than three times as many voters think they cost the country because they don't pay taxes and use public services (72 percent) than think they benefit the country by doing jobs many Americans don't want (20 percent).

Again, views today are almost identical to those four years ago when the question was last asked. At that time, 65 percent said illegal immigrants cost the country more and 22 percent said they do more to benefit the country (4-5 April 2006).

About two-thirds of voters (68 percent) favor allowing illegal immigrants who pay taxes and obey the law to stay in the United States, little changed from 67 percent who favored doing so in 2007.

The Fox News Poll involved telephone interviews with 900 randomly chosen registered voters and was conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp. from August 10 - August 11. For the total sample, it has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

WikiLeaks
Recently an organization called WikiLeaks released thousands of pages of classified military documents relating to the Afghanistan War. The poll finds that three times as many voters think the organization should be condemned for leaking government secrets (66 percent) as think it should be applauded for increasing transparency in government (21 percent).

Large majorities of independents (76 percent) and Republicans (73 percent), and a small majority of Democrats (57 percent), think the organization should be condemned.

Likewise, 61 percent of voters think that releasing classified military documents should be considered an act of treason, while 29 percent disagree.

Full-body Scanners
As full-body scanning machines are rolled-out to airports nationally, 65 percent of voters think they should be used to screen all airline passengers. Twenty-eight percent say the machines, which show detailed images of an individual, shouldn't be used.

Support for using the scanners is 71-22 percent among men and 60-32 percent among women.

Passengers who would rather not go through a scanner can choose to be patted down by an agent and go through a metal detector. About 7 of 10 (69 percent) say they would rather be scanned. Some 16 percent would prefer having an agent physically pat down their body than go through the scanner.

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