JSM pointed us to this poll (PDF) about Georgians’ attitudes toward immigration. From the poll:
A majority of Georgians (64 percent) believe that most immigrants coming into the state over the
past few years are illegal immigrants. Eighteen percent of Georgians do not believe that most
recent immigrants are illegally here, and 16 percent stated that they are not sure. Those who feel
that there are too many immigrants in their community are more likely to say that immigration
today is a bad thing for the country. One in four Georgians (25 percent) believe that there is more
crime in their community today because of immigrants, although most of the public (64 percent)
do not agree with that assertion.
Nearly four out of five Georgians (79 percent) agree that public schools should offer special
classes to teach English to non-English-speaking immigrants. Georgians are more evenly divided
on the question of whether bilingual education keeps children of non-English-speaking
immigrants from learning English. Forty-five percent of the public believes that bilingual
education retards the learning of English, while 48 percent believes it does not. Whether or not
they support the idea of bilingual education, it is clear the most Georgians feel it is important for
immigrants to master the English language.