Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters favor having the U.S. military defend the southern border of the United States. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 37% are opposed. Support for this approach has changed little since last fall.
Those figures include 35% who Strongly Favor the proposal and 20% who are opposed.
There is a massive partisan divide on this question. Eight-nine percent (89%) of Republicans favor troops on the border along with 67% of Independent voters. Most Democrats (62%) are opposed (see crosstab results).
The survey also found that 73% favor strict punishment for companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Sixty-five percent (65%) want strict punishment for landlords that knowingly rent apartments to illegal immigrants and 61% want to cut off federal funding for cities that refuse to co-operate with federal immigration officials.
Finally, 53% favor building a wall along the southern border of the U.S.
Polling consistently shows that roughly 8-out-of-10 voters believe legal immigration is good for the United States. And, roughly the same number believe that illegal immigration is bad.
Other data shows that 25% of voters nationwide believe the United States Border Patrol is too harsh on on illegal immigrants. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey conducted last fall found that 43% believe the enforcement policies are too lenient and 32% are not sure.
Other data shows that 72% favor comprehensive immigration reform to secure our borders and resolve the status of illegal immigrants already living in the country. If such legislation is passed, 57% want border security to be the top priority.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 6-7, 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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