In response to the migrant caravan currently in Mexico, 65% of voters now favor sending troops to the southern border of the United States. That’s up five points from a poll conducted just four days earlier.
The latest ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 93% of Republicans support that approach along with 68% of Independents. However, 60% of Democrats are opposed.
The number who think that some members of the migrant caravan might be national security threats increased from 55% in the earlier survey to 62% today. Data released earlier showed that 40% believe that these migrants should be held in a detention center near the border while their request for asylum can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Another 30% believe those in the migrant caravan should simply be turned away without any review.
Interest in the story has grown in recent days. Sixty-nine percent (69%) are now following the story at least Somewhat Closely. That’s up from 54% four days earlier. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans are following the story along with 68% of Democrats and 59% of Independents (see question wording and crosstab results)
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In my latest syndicated column, I discussed how this issue could impact the midterm elections. Among voters who are uncommitted to either party on the Generic Congressional Ballot, 65% support sending U.S. military troops to the southern border. Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe that at least some of the participants in the caravan represent a national security threat.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 23-24, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and sample Demographics). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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