24% Believe Border Patrol Enforcement Too Harsh, 42% Say Too Lenient

When it comes to enforcing immigration laws, 24% of voters nationwide believe the United States Border Patrol is too harsh on on illegal immigrants. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 42% believe the enforcement policies are too lenient and 34% are not sure.

There is a strong partisan divide on this question. Among Republican voters, 70% believe the enforcement is too lenient while just 5% say it is too harsh. Democrats are more divided but lean in the opposite direction: 43% say too harsh and 27% too lenient. A plurality (46%) of Independent voters are not sure. Thirty-three percent (33%) of Independent voters say the policy is too lenient and 21% too harsh.

There is also a racial divide on the question. White voters, by a 49% to 19% margin, believe the policy is too lenient. Black voters, by a 37% to 25% margin say it’s too harsh. As for Hispanic voters, 36% say too harsh and 28% too lenient (see question wording and crosstab results).

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters have followed recent new stories about immigrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador fleeing to the United States. Eighteen percent (18%) are following it Very Closely.

Data released earlier showed that 60% favor sending U.S. military troops to the southern border of the United States to prevent people from entering the country illegally.

A solid majority of voters (71%) believe that legal immigration is generally good for the nation. At the same time, however, 79% believe illegal immigration is bad. Other data shows that voters are evenly divided on the focus of immigration reform. Fifty percent (50%) of voters believe that the focus of immigration reform should be on stopping illegal immigration. The other half believe that the primary focus should be on resolving the status of illegal immigrants already living in the country.

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