58% Say Those Seeking Asylum Should Be Detained At Border

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that those seeking asylum and waiting for their hearing should be detained at the border. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 24% disagree and think they should be released into the United States. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure.

If asylum seekers are released into U.S. communities, 78% believe the federal government should be required to notify local officials.

Additionally, before sending asylum seekers to a state, 66% believe the federal government should be required to get permission from the governor. That view is shared by 80% of Republicans, 64% of Independents, and 55% of Democrats.

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Question 1:

People who cross the Southern border say they are seeking asylum. Many are then sent to other communities across the country and told to return for a hearing on their asylum status. While waiting for their hearing, should these asylum seekers be released into the United States or detained at the border?

24%    Release into the US

58%    Detained at the border

18%    Not sure

Question 2:

When the federal government sends asylum seekers to communities across the country, should they be required to notify local officials such as governors and mayors?

78%    Yes

10%    No

12%    Not sure

Question 3:

Before sending asylum seekers to a state, should the federal government be required to get permission from the governor?

66%    Yes

18%    No

16%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 25-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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