84% Say Asylum Seekers Who Don’t Return for Hearings Are Serious Problem

When informed that approximately 10% of the asylum seekers released into the United States never return for their court hearings, 84% of voters consider that to be a serious problem. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 10% say it is not a serious problem and 6% are not sure.

Those totals include 57% who consider it a Very Serious problem and 2% who say it is Not at All Serious.

Some Republican political leaders have suggested that the number of asylum seekers who skip their hearings is much higher– perhaps topping 50%. The Washington Post and other media outlets have pushed back on such claims. A study published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review reported that 83% of asylum seekers released into the country attended all their hearings.

However, even if the number who skip their hearings is only 10% (as suggested in the polling question), voters are concerned. Ninety-four percent (94%) of Republicans consider that to be a serious problem. So do 80% of Democrats and 79% of Independents. That view is shared by 86% of White voters, 84% of Black voters, and 78% of Hispanic voters.

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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.


Approximately 10% of the asylum seekers released into the United States never return for their court hearings. How serious a problem is this?

57%    Very serious

27%    Somewhat serious

8%    Not very serious

2%    Not at all serious

6%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 25-27, 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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