In Fight Against Illegal Immigration, 50% Support Tariffs on Mexico; 50% Oppose

Fifty percent (50%) of voters favor placing a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into the United States from Mexico until illegal migrants stop coming to the U.S. through Mexico. A national survey found that another 50% are opposed.

Those totals include 22% who Strongly Favor the tariff and 28% who are Strongly Opposed.

Support for fighting illegal immigration in this way comes from 73% of Republicans, 56% of Independents, and 25% of Democrats (see crosstab results). Men (55%) are more supportive than women (46%).

While 50% support the tariff, just 25% believe it will be good for the United States and 45% think it will be bad.

Thirty-one percent (31%) believe it will hurt Mexico more than the United States while 24% believe our country will suffer more.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) believe it is likely that  the threat of tariffs will encourage the Mexican government to help stop illegal immigration. Sixty-one percent (61%) disagree.

Collectively, this data suggests a large number of Americans are supportive of the effort even while being skeptical of its effectiveness. It perhaps suggests a willingness to simply keep trying new approaches to halting illegal immigration until something works. Consistent with other survey data, 82% believe that illegal immigration is bad for the United States. At the same time, 77% believe legal immigration is good. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted June 1-2, 2019 by 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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