70% Believe Drug Cartels Operating at Southern Border Should Be Designated As Terrorist Group

Seventy percent (70%) of voters believe the drug cartels operating at the southern border should be designated as a terrorist group. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 14% disagree and 16% are not sure.

The survey also found that 64% believe the situation at the border is a crisis. That’s little changed from two months ago. While most voters see it as a crisis, just 34% believe the federal government is seriously trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration.

Overall, 71% of voters believe legal immigration is good for the United States. Just 15% disagree. At the same time, 73% believe illegal immigration is bad for the nation. On that point, just 13% disagree.

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Question 1:

On a different topic, which of the following best describes your views on immigration?

15%    Both legal and illegal immigration are bad for the United States.

58%    Legal immigration is good for the United States, but illegal immigration is bad.

13%    Both legal and illegal immigration are good for the United States.

13%    Not sure

Question 2:

Is the federal government today seriously trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration?

34%    Yes

43%    No

22%    Not sure

Question 3:

Do you consider the situation at the southern border to be a crisis?

64%    Yes

23%    No

13%    Not sure

Question 4:

Should the drug cartels that operate at the southern border be designated a terrorist group?

70%    Yes

14%    No

16%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on December 1-3, 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.

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