Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters favor a proposal for sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 52% disagree.
Support for the proposal was tested using a split sample approach. Half the survey respondents were simply asked about the proposal itself. Half were told it was President Trump’s proposal. There was little difference in the topline results. When the plan was identified with President Trump, 49% supported it. Without the president’s name, support came in at 47%.
However, there were differences found in the crosstabs. When the President’s name was attached to the proposal, Republican support increased from 64% to 81%. The impact was smaller among Democrats and Independents, with support slipping four percentage points among Democrats and three percentage points among Independents (see crosstab results).
Additionally, the gender gap widened when the president’s name was mentioned. When asked just about the proposal, 49% of men were supportive along with 46% of women. When the plan was associated with the president, support increased to 56% among men and fell to 43% among women.
The intensity of opinion also increased when the president’s name was mentioned.
Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters have been following news stories on the issue at least Somewhat Closely. That include 22% following it Very Closely.
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 18-19, 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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