58% Believe Drug Cartels Control Southern Border; 20% Disagree

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 20% disagree and 22% are not sure.

Most Republicans (78%) and Independents (53%) believe the cartels control the border. Democrats are more divided on the question. Forty-three percent (43%) agree that the cartels have more control than the U.S. government while 32% disagree.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of White voters believe the cartels have more control as do 53% of Hispanic voters and 41% of Black voters.

The survey also found that the 52% believe the Biden Administration is making it too easy for illegal immigrants to enter the nation. Just 28% disagree.

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Republicans think the Administration is making it too easy for illegal immigrants. Independents, by a 45% to 27% margin, tend to agree.

Democrats have a completely different view. Among those in the president’s party, just 26% believe he is making it too easy for illegal immigrants. Forty-eight percent (48%) disagree.

Data released earlier shows that 70% of voters view immigration and border control as a national security issue. Overall, 63% of voters believe that legal immigration is good for the United States while illegal immigration is bad.  Just 14% believe both legal and illegal immigration are bad for the nation while 11% believe both are good.

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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 online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 6-8, 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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