When it comes to enforcing immigration laws, voters are evenly divided as to whether the United States Border Patrol is too harsh or too lenient on illegal immigrants. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 37% of voters select each option while 27% are not sure.
This is a significant change from last November when 25% believed the Border Patrol was too harsh and 43% said the enforcement policies are too lenient.
Currently, 68% of Republicans believe the Border Patrol is too lenient while 62% of Democrats believe it is too harsh. Among Independent voters, 35% say too harsh and 28% too lenient (see crosstab results).
Republican views have changed little since last fall. However, the number of Democrats considering the policies too harsh has jumped 22 points. Among Independents, it has jumped 14 points.
By a 45% to 28% margin, white voters tend to see the policies as too lenient. Most black (58%) and Hispanic (57%) voters take the opposite view.
Overall, eight-out-of-ten voters tend to believe that legal immigration is good for American and a similar number believe illegal immigration is bad.
The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted August 9-10, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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