November 2, 2015 | Poll Questions

Q. Every year thousands of immigrants in the United States become eligible to apply for naturalization. Approximately what percentage of eligible immigrants actually become citizens each year?

  1. About 25% of those eligible to naturalize actually become U.S. Citizens.
  2. About 60% of those eligible to naturalize actually become U.S. Citizens.
  3. About 80% of those eligible to naturalize actually become U.S. Citizens.
  4. About 90% of those eligible to naturalize actually become U.S. Citizens.

Correct answer: 2. About 60% of those eligible to naturalize actually become U.S. Citizens.

Explanation: According to a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the United States lags behind other countries on naturalization rates of eligible immigrants. However, the percentage has recently been increasing. In 2002, 50% of eligible immigrants naturalized. The proportion rose to 58% for 2012 (the most recent year for which data is available).