Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters favor comprehensive immigration reform to secure our borders and resolve the status of illegal immigrants already living in the country. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that just 8% disagree and 17% are not sure.
If such legislation is passed, 57% want border security to be the top priority. Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe the primary focus should be on granting legal status for those currently living illegally in the country.
Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans and 58% of Independents believe the focus should be on border security. Democrats, by a 47% to 34% margin want to focus more on resolving the status of those here illegally (see question wording and crosstab results).
One interesting note on the importance of border security comes from a split sample technique. Half of all survey participants were asked about comprehensive immigration reform in a question that mentioned border security first. The other half heard a question that first mentioned resolving the status of illegal immigrants already here. Support for comprehensive reform is five points higher when border security is mentioned first. This is the second time we have used the split sample test and the results were similar each time.
Despite the strong support for border security, most voters do not want another government shutdown over this issue. Sixty-two percent (62%) want the negotiators to do whatever it takes to avoid another shutdown. Just 38% believe it is more important to obtain funding for border security.
To secure the border and virtually eliminate illegal immigration, 47% aren’t willing to pay any additional costs or taxes. Twenty-six percent (26%) are willing to pay $50 or $100 a year in higher costs and taxes. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are willing to pay more including 13% who will pay whatever it takes.
These results are similar to the amounts that people are willing to pay for fighting climate change or global warming. The difference of course, is that the plans advocated for fighting global warming are far more expensive than the amounts needed for border security.
The current political fight over a border wall involves approximately $5 billion. If every American adult paid $50, that would provide approximately $12.5 billion annually.
Global warming advocates envision spending tens of trillions of dollars.
This survey was conducted to further ScottRasmussen.com’s mission: To enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 29-30, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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