Republicans Cite Illegal Immigration As Nation’s Top National Security Threat

Forty-one percent (41%) of Republican voters believe illegal immigration is the nation’s top national security threat. A national survey found that only 3% of Democrats share that view.

The second biggest threat on the GOP list comes from terrorism, cited by 31% of Republican voters.

For Democrats, 26% name terrorism as the top threat with climate change as number two, cited by 23%. Only 3% of Republicans see climate change as the top threat.

Among independent voters, 33% name terrorism as the biggest threat followed by cybersecurity (26%).

These fundamentally differing views of the threats facing our nation help explain the passionate divide over a wall along the southern border. And, they also highlight the difficulty of forming a consensus national security policy.

Overall, among all voters, terrorism is listed as the top concern by 30%; illegal immigration by 21%; cybersecurity threats by 19%; foreign agents in our government by 8%; foreign military powers by 7%; and drones by 1% (see question wording and crosstab results).

Fourteen percent (14%) of Democrats believe foreign agents in our government are the top security threat. Only 2% of Republicans agree. Data released earlier shows that 74% of Democrats believe President Trump colluded with Democrats during the 2016 presidential election.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted January 23-24, 2019 by 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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