70% See Immigration and Border Control As A National Security Issue

Seventy percent (70%) of voters nationwide say that immigration and border control is a national security issue. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 16% disagree and 14% are not sure.

Ninety-three percent (93%) of Republicans view border control as a national security issue. So do 59% of Democrats and 58% of Independent voters.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of White voters see it as a national security issue along with 68% of Hispanic voters and 41% of Black voters.

Older voters are more likely than younger voters to consider immigration a national security issue.

The survey also found that 63% of voters believe that legal immigration is good for the United States while illegal immigration is bad.  Just 14% believe both legal and illegal immigration are bad for the nation while 11% believe both are good.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans believe legal immigration is good while illegal immigration is bad. That view is shared by 57% of Independent voters and 56% of Democrats.

Other data shows that 58% of voters believe drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government. Just 20% disagree and 22% are not sure. Most voters (52%) believe that the Biden Administration is making it too easy for illegal immigrants to enter the nation.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 6-8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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