70% Favor Strict Punishment for Companies Hiring Illegal Immigrants, 63% Favor Sending Military to Border

Voters support a wide range of actions to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

At the top of the list: 70% favor strict punishment for companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey also found that 63% support having the U.S. military defend the southern border. 63% want strict punishment for  landlords that knowingly rent apartments to illegal immigrants; 60% think we should cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities; and, 53% want a wall built across the southern border.

A majority of Republicans support each of the above proposals. A majority of Democrats are opposed. A majority of Independent voters support each initiative except the border wall. On that, they are evenly divided with 49% in favor and 51% opposed (see crosstab results).

Attitudes on these questions have changed little since March.

Polling consistently shows that roughly eight-out-of-ten voters believe legal immigration is good for the United States. At the same time, eight-out-of-ten believe illegal immigration is bad. These results confirm the reasonable assumption that most voters see a clear distinction between legal and illegal immigration.

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This national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted May 22-23, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the Sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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