77% of Democrats Would Oppose Candidate Who Supported Border Wall; 59% Would Support Open Borders Candidate

As Democrats begin the process of selecting a nominee to challenge President Trump in 2020, 77% of the party’s voters would be likely to oppose a candidate who supported a wall across the southern border of the United States. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that total includes 50% of Democrats who would definitely vote against such a candidate.

On the other hand, 59% would probably or definitely vote for a candidate who supported open borders (see question wording and crosstab results).

Looking at other issues:

  • Democrats are evenly divided about a candidate who favors no restrictions on abortion. Half (50%) would probably vote for such a candidate while 51% would vote against.
  • A candidate who believed that abortion should be allowed only in rare cases would be appealing to 43% of Democrats and unappealing to 57%.
  • Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Democrats would likely vote for a candidate who promised to raise taxes on the wealthy.
  • However, 65% would probably vote for a candidate who opposed all tax hikes. Data released earlier shows that 60% of Democrats believe higher taxes hurt the economy.
  • Forty-eight percent (48%) of Democrats would be likely to vote for a candidate who considered themselves to be a Socialist.
  • Thirty-nine percent (39%) would be likely to vote for a candidate who considered Socialism to be a threat to the United States. Data released earlier shows that 60% of all voters consider Socialism to be a threat to America’s founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance.

The gap between Democrats and voters at large is relatively modest when it comes to taxes. Seventy-two percent (72%) of all voters would likely vote for a candidate who promised to raise taxes on the wealthy. But, 70% say the same about a candidate who opposed all tax hikes.

  • There is a huge gap on immigration issues. Fifty-two percent (52%) of all voters are likely to vote for a candidate who supports a border wall. Just 23% of Democrats share that view. Among all voters, 47% favor building a wall along the Southern Border of the United States. However, most did not approve of shutting down the government to achieve that goal.
  • While most Democrats would support a candidate calling for open borders, 62% of all voters would vote against such a candidate.
  • On Socialism, 35% of all voters would likely vote for a self-identified Socialist. That’s somewhat lower than the 48% figure among Democrats.
  • Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters would probably vote against a candidate who considered Socialism a threat to the United States. That’s twenty points higher than the Democratic response.
  • On abortion, the gap is more modest. However, voters at large are less supportive of candidates who oppose all restrictions and more supportive of those who think abortion should be allowed in only rare circumstances. Just 15% believe abortion should be legal at any point during a pregnancy.

Data released earlier looked at the type of candidate Democrats expect their party to nominate. Most (56%) believe it will be under 70 but there is little clarity beyond that. Thirty-three percent (33%) expect a woman while 29% are thinking the nominee will be a white male.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted February 8-9, 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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