28% Believe Feds Serious About Securing US Border; 61% Think State Governments Should Be Allowed to Take Over

Just 28% of voters believe the federal government today is seriously trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 46% disagree and don’t think the government is serious about border security. Twenty-five percent (25%) are not sure.

This may be one reason President Biden is earning low marks for handling the situation at the Southern border. There is a strong belief that many of those crossing the border illegally are drug dealers, human traffickers, and more. Partly because of such concerns, only 15% of voters believe illegal immigration is good for the United States.

If the federal government does not make an effort to secure the border, 61% believe state governments should be allowed to take over and secure their state border. Just 21% are opposed to state action.

Data released earlier showed that 58% of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government. Just 20% disagree and 22% are not sure.

Other recent polling data showed that 32% of voters believe all, or just about all, illegal immigrants living in the United States should be granted amnesty and allowed to remain in the country. Forty-two percent (42%) are opposed.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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