To challenge the drug cartels, 60% of voters favor sending U.S. military troops and equipment to the southern border. That’s up from 53% this past summer. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 28% are opposed to sending military forces to the border.
Republican voters overwhelmingly favor sending troops to the border. So do 56% of Independents. Democrats are more evenly divided with 46% in favor and 40% opposed.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) would even favor having the U.S. military enter Mexican territory to defeat the cartels. Forty-five percent (45%) are opposed. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Republicans favor this approach while 57% of Democrats are opposed. Among Independent voters, 35% support the idea and 46% do not.
The survey also found that 55% believe drug cartels have more control of the southern border than the U.S. government. Nineteen percent (19%) disagree and 26% are not sure. Those figures are little changed from earlier this year.
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Is it fair to say that drug cartels have more control of the southern border than the U.S. government?
26% Not sure
To challenge the cartels and secure the border, would you favor or oppose sending U.S. military troops and equipment to the southern border of the United States?
31% Strongly favor
29% Somewhat favor
15% Somewhat oppose
13% Strongly oppose
13% Not sure
If necessary, would you favor or oppose having the U.S. military enter Mexican territory to defeat the cartels?
18% Strongly favor
21% Somewhat favor
21% Somewhat oppose
24% Strongly oppose
16% Not sure
The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on December 14-15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. 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.