WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new poll finds a majority of Americans say immigrants living in the U.S. illegally should be allowed to stay and have legal status.
The Pew Hispanic Center survey finds that 72 percent of Americans support legal status for such immigrants.
The survey results come at the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign, in which immigration is expected to be a key point of debate.
The poll says 56 percent of Republicans agree that immigrants living here illegally should be able to stay -- so long as they meet certain criteria. But the poll question did not specify what those requirements might be.
Still, 62 percent of Republicans also say they believe immigrants in the country illegally are a burden on the country.