With a country that feels more divided than ever on so many issues, it’s encouraging to find areas of widespread agreement, especially across party lines.
This summer, the immigration discussion certainly has sparked its share of controversy, led in large part by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. But while the candidate’s bold comments have often been a lightning rod sharply polarizing Americans, a new poll shows a majority of Americans — not just Republicans — actually agree with some of Trump’s core immigration positions. In fact, on one point in particular, 80% of all likely voters, across party lines, agree with Trump.
As Rasmussen Reports reveals:
As far as voters are concerned – and not just Republicans – Donald Trump has a winning formula for fighting illegal immigration.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 70% of Likely Republican Voters agree with the GOP presidential hopeful that the United States should build a wall along the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigration. Seventeen percent (17%) of GOP voters disagree, while 13% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Ninety-two percent (92%) of Republicans agree that the United States should deport all illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a felony in this country. Only four percent (4%) disagree.
Among all likely voters, 51% favor building a wall on the border; 37% disagree, and 12% are not sure. Eighty percent (80%) support the deportation of all illegal immigrants convicted of a felony; only 11% are opposed.
Trump made both proposals in a policy paper he released this past weekend that calls for getting tough on illegal immigration. He cites a Rasmussen Reports survey to back up his proposal to end automatic citizenship for children born to illegal immigrants in this country. Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters disagree with the current federal policy that says a child born to an illegal immigrant here is automatically a U.S. citizen.
Just 34% favor President Obama’s plan to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. Most voters continue to think instead that the United States is not aggressive enough in deporting those who are here illegally.
Did you catch that? While 80% of likely voters agree with Trump on the deportation of all illegal immigrant felons, President Obama’s immigration plans don’t fare so well. Yet Emperor Obama marches onward with his executive actions on immigration, American people — and Congress — be damned.
January 2017 can’t come soon enough.