Polled rural Nebraskans have mixed views on the impact of immigration on rural Nebraska. A University of Nebraska Lincoln rural poll finds those most likely have lived alongside recent immigrants have more positive views.
Thirty-eight percent of respondents agree that immigrants strengthen rural Nebraska, while 30 percent disagree.
Persons living in or near larger communities, who are more likely to be aware of recent immigrants in their community, are more likely those those living in or near smaller communities to agree that immigrants strengthen rural Nebraska.
Younger persons are more likely than older persons to agree that immigrants strengthen rural Nebraska. Just over half of persons 19 to 29 agree with the statement, compared to 31 percent of those 65 and older. Looking at immigration trends, Nebraskans 29 and younger are likely to have grown up with foreign-born immigrants.