40% Want Migrant Caravan Held Near Border, 30% Want Migrants Turned Away

Several thousand people are traveling through Mexico with the goal of entering the United States. Many are fleeing government corruption, extreme poverty and rampant violence. Forty percent (40%) of voters believe that these migrants should be held in a detention center near the border while their request for asylum can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that another 30% believe the migrant caravan should simply be turned away at the border.  Nineteen percent (19%) think the migrants should be released into the U.S. while their case is reviewed and 11% believe that all the migrants should be granted asylum.

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President Trump has called the caravan an assault on our nation. Voters are evenly divided on that point. We asked half our our survey respondents about this without mentioning the president’s comments. Forty-two percent (42%) consider consider the migrant caravan from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to be an assault on the United States. Forty-two percent (42%) disagree.

We told the other half of the respondents about President Trump’s description of the caravan as an assault on the nation. In that case, 48% agreed with the president and 42% disagreed.

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 23-24, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and sample Demographics). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error  with a 95% level of confidence.

There is a huge partisan divide on these questions. Ninety-two percent (92%) of Republicans want the migrants either held in a detention center near the border or simply turned away. Seventy-three percent (73%) of Independent voters agree. However, Democrats are evenly divided. Forty-eight percent (48%) of Democrats believe members of the caravan should either be granted asylum or released into the United States while their case is reviewed (see question wording and crosstab results).

In my latest syndicated column, I discussed how this issue could impact the midterm elections. Among voters who are uncommitted to either party at the moment, 66% believe that the migrants in the caravan should either be turned away at the border or held in a detention center.

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