Views on Granting Voting Rights to Immigrants Vary in Europe and North America

According to the Transatlantic Trends: Immigration 2010 Report, views on granting voting rights to immigrants vary in Europe and North America. When asked whether legal immigrants or only citizens should have the right to vote in municipal elections, majorities in Spain (62%), France (58%), the Netherlands (56%), and Italy (52%) voiced support for giving the right to legal immigrants. Slight majorities in the U.K. and Canada (51%) said that only citizens should have the right to vote, and a majority in the United States (62%) also thought that voting should be reserved for citizens.

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