Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters nationwide believe President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over illegal immigration is a violation of the United States Constitution. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 33% disagree and 28% are not sure.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of Democrats believe it is unconstitutional while 63% of Republicans take the opposite view. Among Independent voters, 38% think it violates the Constitution while 25% do not.
Data released earlier showed that support for President Trump’s action is similar to his overall job approval rating. Additionally, 25% of voters believe illegal immigration is the most serious threat facing the United States today.
There has been much discussion of what future president’s might do with this precedent. Our survey found that:
- 36% believe it would be appropriate to declare gun violence a national emergency in order to ban assault weapons.
- However, just 25% believe it would be appropriate to declare gun violence a national emergency in order to ban private ownership of guns.
- 23% believe it would be appropriate to declare global warming a national emergency in order to ban the use of natural gas, oil, and coal.
- 14% think it would be appropriate to declare income inequality a national emergency so that the government could take over the nation’s largest companies.
- 14% believe it would be appropriate to declare the federal deficit as a national emergency in order to raise taxes.
- 11% believe it would be appropriate to declare fake news a national emergency in order to regulate the news industry and social media platforms.
In all cases, younger adults were more likely than their elders to consider a declaration of national emergency appropriate (see crosstab results).
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 16-17, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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