43% Believe Illegal Border Crossings Include a Lot of Drug Dealers

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters believe that a lot of drug dealers are among those crossing the U.S. border illegally these days. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 45% believe there are some drug dealers in the mix. Just 13% believe hardly any of those crossing the border illegally are drug dealers.

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.

The latest survey also found that between 31% and 41% of all voters believe the illegal border crossings include a lot of Smugglers, Human Traffickers, People with COVID, Violent Criminals, Gang Members, and National Security Threats.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of all voters believe “a lot” of people in at least one of the groups mentioned are among those illegally crossing the border.

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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