Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide favor sending U.S. military troops to the southern border of the United States to prevent people from entering the country illegally. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 30% strongly favor such a step.
Fifty-five percent (55%) believe it is at least somewhat likely that some of those seeking to enter the United States illegally from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are national security threats (see question wording and crosstab results).
Voters are evenly divided on whether the United States should stop all payments, including humanitarian aid, to countries that allow their citizens to attempt to enter the United States illegally.
President Trump has recently brought up the possibility of sending troops to the border and withholding payments in response to reports of a caravan of people who may try to enter the U.S. illegally. Such talk will certainly connect with his base. Sending troops to the border is favored by 88% of Republican voters and 53% of Independents. It is also supported by 41% of Democrats.
This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 18-19, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Data released earlier shows that 71% of voters believe that legal immigration is generally good for the nation. At the same time, however, 79% believe illegal immigration is bad. Media coverage and political discussion of the issue often defines voters as either favoring or opposing immigration. But most Americans see a significant difference between legal and illegal immigration. A majority or plurality of just about every demographic group sees an important distinction between legal and illegal immigration.
Other data shows that voters are evenly divided on the focus of immigration reform. Fifty percent (50%) of voters believe that the focus of immigration reform should be on stopping illegal immigration. the other half believe that the primary focus should be on resolving the status of illegal immigrants already living in the country.
While there is strong support for allowing children brought into the United States illegally by their parents to remain in the U.S., the same attitude does not extend to their parents. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters believe the parents should be allowed to remain. An earlier ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 38% disagree and say they should not while 25% are unsure.
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