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A telephone survey conducted by the Rasmussen Reports showed that nearly three in every four US voters favor strict sanctions imposed on employers who hire illegal immigrants. Only sixteen percent disapproved of such sanctions.

On the other hand, fifty nine percent of individuals surveyed favor penalizing landlords that rent or sell property to illegal immigrants. Twenty four percent oppose these sanctions while seventeen percent are undecided.

Of those surveyed, sixty five percent see that the problem is the employer hiring the illegal immigrant instead of the illegal immigrant themselves. Sixty one percent are inclined to support closing the companies that hire illegal immigrants repeatedly and knowingly.

Nearly two thirds of those surveyed favor police conducting immigration checks when they pull someone over for a traffic violation. One fourth oppose these activities by local law enforcement officials.

Those surveyed believe that border control is more important as an immigration policy issue compared to legalizing illegal immigrants currently in the country.

The survey was conducted between July 14 and 15, 2011 with a sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points with a ninety five percent level of confidence.