55% Say Top Budget Priority Is Keeping Gov’t Open; 45% Say Funding Border Security

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters believe that doing whatever it takes to avoid another shutdown should be the top priority of budget negotiators over the next three weeks. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 45% take the opposite view and believe that  providing additional funding for border security is more important.

Not surprisingly, there are significant partisan differences on this question. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Republicans believe funding for border security is more important. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Democrats and 57% of Independents take the opposite view (see crosstab results).

Underlying this partisan divide is the fact that Republican voters see illegal immigration as the top national security threat facing the nation today. Democratic voters dismiss that concern.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters approve of the recent deal to end the shutdown. But, only 42% think it’s likely that a new agreement can be reached in time to avoid another shutdown in three weeks.

On the question of priorities, most men (52%) say funding for border security is the top concern while 61% of women want more emphasis on keeping the government open. Most senior citizens (56%) say border security is more important while younger voters disagree. Among those under 35, 64% say the negotiators should do whatever it takes to keep the government open.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted January 26-27, 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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