Illegal immigration a ‘major problem’ for 68% of voters
A new nationwide poll reveals that the overwhelming majority of voters in the United States (68 percent) view illegal immigration as a “major problem” in America and believe that not enough is being done by the federal government to remedy the situation.
According to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll – taken by 1,000 voters via phone and online surveys from August 26 to 27 with a plus or minus three percent sampling error and 95 percent level of confidence – nearly seven out of 10 Americans heading to the ballot box for November’s midterms are fed up with illegals flooding their country and taking a toll on the economy and national security … and more than four out of 10 see illegal immigration as an extremely “serious” threat.
“Sixty-eight (68) percent of ‘Likely U.S. Voters’ think illegal immigration is a serious problem in America today, with 43 percent who consider it ‘Very Serious,’” Rasmussen Reports revealed in its Immigration Update Thursday.
Trump trumping Obama on handling immigration?
President Donald Trump’s tough-on-immigration agenda – including a 2,000-mile continuous U.S.-Mexico border wall, beefed-up border security and tighter immigration quotas – appears to have lightened the fears about out-of-control immigration in voters, which was more rampant under the years of former pro-immigration President Barack Obama.
“However, this compares to 80 percent and 50 percent, respectively, in August 2015, and suggests that President Trump’s focus on the problem has lessened voter concern somewhat,” the Rasmussen Reports update added. “Thirty-two (32) percent now say illegal immigration is not a serious problem, but that includes only nine percent who say it’s ‘Not At All Serious.’”
Immigration to sway the vote?
Immigration is a problem that is not going away before the November midterms, as earlier this summer, American voters expressed in another nationwide poll that immigration will be their biggest concern as they approach the ballot box.
“Immigration tops the economy and healthcare as the most important issue determining Americans’ vote ahead of the midterm elections in November, a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows,” Reuters announced in July.
Whether it is because Americans side with Trump and agree that the economic and safety challenges with illegal immigration is too much for the country to bear, or whether it has to do with the mainstream media ramping up its coverage of immigrant children being separated from their illegal alien parents after breaking the border, voters definitely want their say on the issue this fall at their local polling stations.
“Reuters/Ipsos data shows that immigration became a top concern for registered voters in the United States after the Trump administration in May announced its ‘zero tolerance’ policy on illegal immigrants – saying they would be criminally charged,” Reuters’ Maria Caspani explained. “The policy became a political lightning rod in mid-June, with disclosures that thousands of children were separated from their parents who were accused of crossing illegally into the country.”
Results from the Reuters/Ipsos Poll conducted from June 28 to July 2 made it clear that immigration is no longer an issue that Americans want to sweep under the rug, as more and more are wanting to chime in on the ongoing problem on their ballots.
“Fifteen (15) percent of U.S. registered voters said immigration was the top issue determining how they will cast their ballot in November, while 14 percent said the economy was their biggest concern,” Reuters pollsters divulged. “Twenty-six (26) percent of registered Republicans cited immigration as the most important issue likely to determine their vote – up 14 percentage points from a similar poll conducted at the beginning of June.”
However, Democrats are less worried about illegal immigration and the detrimental effects it has on the nation.
“Healthcare remains the top issue for registered Democrats (16 percent), followed by the economy (14 percent), the Reuters/Ipsos poll shows,” Caspani revealed. “[Only] seven percent of Democrats cited immigration as their top concern.”
Earlier this summer, the pro-immigration headlines featuring “victimized” illegals produced by the left-leaning mainstream media appeared to be working on Americans, as a little more than half of the nation’s voters disagreed with Trump’s no-nonsense policies – most likely due to what the president would tag as “fake news” covering immigrant children separated from the parents and pregnant illegal alien mothers being mistreated in border holding centers.
“However, Trump’s approval on his handling of immigration remains little changed since the beginning of the year, with 52 percent of registered voters saying in an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll that they disapprove of the way the president is handling immigration,” Caspani continued.
Regardless of the spin on immigration reform portrayed in the news, conservatives and liberals appear to be solidly decided on the issue of immigration in America.
“Americans are squarely divided along partisan lines on Trump’s stance on immigration – 81 percent of Republicans said they approve of his handling of the issue, while 84 percent of registered Democrats said they disapprove,” Caspani noted from the Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Independents to decide the issue at the poll?
Even though Republicans and Democrats appear to be consummately resolved on illegal immigration, independents are evidently sitting on the fence over the issue.
“In July, a Morning Consult poll revealed that American voters who say they are independents are divided almost evenly on whether Republicans or Democrats can be trusted to handle immigration issues – 35 percent said Democrats, versus 34 percent who said Republicans are better suited to deal with it,” Breitbart News reported on the poll taken in mid-July.
The pollsters surveyed 936 independent voters about 14 characteristics, asking whether they attributed them to either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party – and the results showed that Democrats are definitely viewed as the party that embraces the welfare of immigrants … perhaps above its own citizens.
“On the question of which party ‘is a bigger supporter of immigrants coming to the United States,’ 69 percent of Independents chose the Democratic Party – compared with seven percent who chose the GOP,” the Morning Consult explained from its poll.
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