68% Believe Illegal Immigration Increases Federal Spending and Deficits

When people enter the United States illegally, 68% of voters believe it leads to an increase in federal spending and deficits. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 14% disagree and 18% are not sure.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of voters who prefer Trump-like policies believe illegal immigration leads to higher government spending and deficits. That view is shared by 74% of those who prefer traditional Republican policies, 60% of traditional Democrats, and 53% of Sanders’ Democrats.

The survey also found that 60% of voters believe illegal immigration leads to increased crime.

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Question 1:

Which of the following best describes your views on immigration:

17%    Both legal and illegal immigration are bad for the United States

61%    Legal immigration is good for the United States, but illegal immigration is bad

12%    Both legal and illegal immigration are good for the United States

10%    Not sure

Question 2:

When people enter the United States illegally, does it lead to an increase in federal spending and deficits?

68%    Yes

14%    No

18%    Not sure

Question 3:

Okay… When people enter the United States illegally, does it lead to an increase in crime?

60%    Yes

20%    No

20%    Not sure

Methodology

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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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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Question:

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

Methodology

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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58% Say Those Seeking Asylum Should Be Detained At Border

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that those seeking asylum and waiting for their hearing should be detained at the border. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 24% disagree and think they should be released into the United States. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure.

If asylum seekers are released into U.S. communities, 78% believe the federal government should be required to notify local officials.

Additionally, before sending asylum seekers to a state, 66% believe the federal government should be required to get permission from the governor. That view is shared by 80% of Republicans, 64% of Independents, and 55% of Democrats.

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Question 1:

People who cross the Southern border say they are seeking asylum. Many are then sent to other communities across the country and told to return for a hearing on their asylum status. While waiting for their hearing, should these asylum seekers be released into the United States or detained at the border?

24%    Release into the US

58%    Detained at the border

18%    Not sure

Question 2:

When the federal government sends asylum seekers to communities across the country, should they be required to notify local officials such as governors and mayors?

78%    Yes

10%    No

12%    Not sure

Question 3:

Before sending asylum seekers to a state, should the federal government be required to get permission from the governor?

66%    Yes

18%    No

16%    Not sure

Methodology

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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67% Want Asylum Seekers Detained or Deported

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters want asylum seekers detained or deported. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that total includes 35% who believe they should be detained either in the United States or Mexico and 32% who believe they should be immediately deported.

Another 32% believe asylum seekers should be released into the United States and asked to return for a court hearing.

The results suggest that voters are divided into three roughly equal groups. One group wants asylum seekers deported, one wants them detained, and one wants them released into the U.S. pending a court date.

Those who want asylum seekers detained are evenly divided between whether they should be detained in the United States or in Mexico.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Democrats believe asylum seekers should be released into the United States. That view is shared by 30% of Independent voters and 18% of Republicans.

There is a significant difference between progressive Democrats and traditional Democrats on this issue. Among those who prefer policies like those of Bernie Sanders, 58% believe asylum seekers should be released into the United States. That number is 37% among those who prefer more traditional Democratic policies.

The survey also found that 73% of voters believe legal immigration is good for the United States while 75% believe illegal immigration is bad.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 30-October 2, 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.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

 

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67% Say Situation at Southern Border a Crisis; 22% Give Biden Good Marks for Dealing With It

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters believe the situation at the Southern border is a crisis. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 17% disagree.

At the same time, just 22% think the Biden Administration is doing a good or excellent job dealing with the situation. That’s down nine points since August and 14 points from 36% in late May.

Forty-two percent (42%) of Democrats give the Biden team good marks. Just 13% of Independent voters and 9% of Republicans agree.

Overall, 44% of voters are at least somewhat confident in the ability of the Biden Administration to keep America safe. Forty-eight percent (48%) are not.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 24-25, 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.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

Biden Approval Down to 46% Amidst Concerns About Afghanistan, Immigration, and the Pandemic

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 46% disapprove and 7% are not sure.

Biden’s approval rating is down five points from a month ago and down nine points from two months ago.

The current totals include 22% who Strongly Approve and 35% who Strongly Disapprove. That is by far the most negative assessments yet measured for the president.

One major challenge for the president is that just 45% of voters have confidence in the ability of the Biden Administration to keep America safe. Following the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, 49% of all voters believe that our enemies view us as weaker than before. Just 21% disagree.

As a result, 59% think a major terrorist attack in the U.S. is somewhat or very likely within the next year.

The situation at the Southern border may also be a factor in the general lack of confidence. Just 28% of voters believe the federal government today is seriously trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration. There is a strong belief that many of those crossing the border illegally are drug dealers, human traffickers, and more.

Adding to the president’s burden, pessimism about the pandemic is growing again. Just 25% of voters believe the worst is behind us. That’s down 31 points over the past three months and the lowest level of optimism measured since the vaccines became available.

On the policy front, 57% of voters believe that shutting down businesses and locking down society did more harm than good.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 215 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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.

On Immigration, Voters Prefer Trump Over Biden

Regardless of their view on other issues, 45% of voters believe President Trump had better immigration policies than President Biden. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 40% prefer the Biden approach.

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Republicans prefer Trump while 73% of Democrats like the Biden approach. Among Independents, Trump is favored by a 42% to 21% margin.

These results come at a time when just 31% of voters believe President Biden is doing a good job handling the situation at the Southern border.

Sixty percent (60%) of voters believe the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. But they’re not sure which side the federal government is on.  Just 28% of voters believe the federal government today is even trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration.

If the federal government does not make an effort to secure the border, 61% believe state governments should be allowed to take over and secure their state border. Just 21% are opposed to state action.

There is a strong belief among voters that many of those crossing the border illegally are drug dealers, human traffickers, and more.  Data released earlier showed that 58% of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government.

Half of all voters see illegal immigration as a crisis, an assessment the Biden Administration rejects.

Other recent polling data showed that 32% of voters believe all, or just about all, illegal immigrants living in the United States should be granted amnesty and allowed to remain in the country. Forty-two percent (42%) are opposed.

Nineteen percent (19%) of voters believe that U.S. border patrol agents re too harsh in dealing with illegal immigrants. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 33% believe they are too lenient.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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.

19% Believe Border Patrol Too Harsh in Treatment of Illegal Immigrants

Nineteen percent (19%) of voters believe that U.S. border patrol agents are too harsh in dealing with illegal immigrants. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 33% believe they are too lenient.

Twenty-six percent (26%) believe the border patrol behavior is about right and 23% are not sure.

Most Republicans (52%) believe the agents are too lenient. Among Democrats, opinion is more divided with a narrow plurality (32%) believing the treatment is too harsh. Among those who prefer policies like those of Bernie Sanders, 43% believe the border patrol is too harsh.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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28% Believe Feds Serious About Securing US Border; 61% Think State Governments Should Be Allowed to Take Over

Just 28% of voters believe the federal government today is seriously trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 46% disagree and don’t think the government is serious about border security. Twenty-five percent (25%) are not sure.

This may be one reason President Biden is earning low marks for handling the situation at the Southern border. There is a strong belief that many of those crossing the border illegally are drug dealers, human traffickers, and more. Partly because of such concerns, only 15% of voters believe illegal immigration is good for the United States.

If the federal government does not make an effort to secure the border, 61% believe state governments should be allowed to take over and secure their state border. Just 21% are opposed to state action.

Data released earlier showed that 58% of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government. Just 20% disagree and 22% are not sure.

Other recent polling data showed that 32% of voters believe all, or just about all, illegal immigrants living in the United States should be granted amnesty and allowed to remain in the country. Forty-two percent (42%) are opposed.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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.

31% Give Biden Good/Excellent Marks for Dealing With the Southern Border

When it comes to the situation at the Southern border of the United States, 31% of voters say the Biden Administration is doing a good or excellent job. That’s down five points from 36% in late May.

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 38% say the presidents’ team is doing a poor job with the border. In between are 19% who rate the performance as fair. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of Democrats give the president positive marks for handling the border. Just 17% of Republicans and 17% of Independents agree.

The survey also found that 75% of voters believe legal immigration is good for the United States. Just 12% believe it is bad and only 15% believe illegal immigration is good for the nation.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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.

43% Believe Illegal Border Crossings Include a Lot of Drug Dealers

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters believe that a lot of drug dealers are among those crossing the U.S. border illegally these days. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 45% believe there are some drug dealers in the mix. Just 13% believe hardly any of those crossing the border illegally are drug dealers.

Data released earlier showed that 58% of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government. Just 20% disagree and 22% are not sure.

The latest survey also found that between 31% and 41% of all voters believe the illegal border crossings include a lot of Smugglers, Human Traffickers, People with COVID, Violent Criminals, Gang Members, and National Security Threats.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of all voters believe “a lot” of people in at least one of the groups mentioned are among those illegally crossing the border.

Other recent polling data showed that 32% of voters believe all, or just about all, illegal immigrants living in the United States should be granted amnesty and allowed to remain in the country. Forty-two percent (42%) are opposed.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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32% Favor Amnesty for Just About All Illegal Immigrants; 42% Oppose

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters believe all, or just about all, illegal immigrants living in the United States should be granted amnesty and allowed to remain in the country. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 42% disagree and oppose a general amnesty while 26% are not sure.

Democrats, by a 50% to 22% margin, favor amnesty for just about all illegal immigrants. Republicans, by a 65% to 18% margin are opposed to amnesty. Among independent voters, 24% favor amnesty, 36% are opposed, and 41% are not sure.

White voters tend to oppose amnesty while Black and Hispanic voters tend to favor it.

Polls have consistently shown strong support for allowing “dreamers” to remain in the country. However, for many voters, the question of how to treat those already living in the country is something to be considered only after the border is secured.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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53% Favor Sending Military to Control Southern Border

To gain control of the United States’ southern border and reduce illegal immigration, 53% of voters favor sending U.S. military forces to the border. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 34% oppose that action and 13% are not sure.

The totals include 31% who Strongly Favor sending the military and 18% who are Strongly Opposed.

Data released earlier shows that 70% of voters believe immigration and border control to be a national security issue. Additionally, 60% see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. Not only that, 58% believe drug cartels have more control of the border than the U.S. government.

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Fifty-nine percent (59%) of rural voters support sending troops to the border. So do 56% of suburban voters and 44% of urban voters.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republican voters favor sending the military while 53% of Democrats are opposed. Among Independents, 49% favor the idea and 27% are opposed.

Among those who prefer Trump-like policies, 82% support sending the military to the border. Just 53% of those who favor traditional Republican policies agree.

Overall, 50% of voters believe illegal immigration to be a crisis. President Biden has so far received relatively low marks for his handling of the situation at the border.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 24-26, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 153 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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49% Say Border Security Top Immigration Issue; 42% Say Creating Pathway to Citizenship More Important

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters believe securing control of the US border to stop illegal immigration is more important than creating a pathway to citizenship for people who entered the country illegally. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 42% disagree and believe a pathway to citizenship is more important.

Data released earlier showed that 50% of voters believe illegal immigration to be a crisis.

Not surprisingly, those who believe all immigration is bad for the United States overwhelmingly see securing the border as the top priority. And, those who favor an open borders approach overwhelmingly think the pathway to citizenship is more important.

In between are those with mainstream views on immigration. This group, a solid majority of the voting public, believes that legal immigration is good for the United States and illegal immigration is bad. Among these mainstream voters, 57% say securing the border should be the top priority. Thirty-nine percent (39%) take the opposite view.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Republicans see border security as the top priority. That’s the overwhelming view of those who prefer Trump-like policies. Those who prefer traditional GOP policies are more evenly divided.

On the other side of the aisle, 60% of Democrats see creating a pathway to citizenship as the top goal.

Data released earlier showed that 54% of voters believe the top priority should be given to those with skills that will benefit the United States rather than to those who have relatives in the United States. Just 24% believe family relationships should be the top priority and 22% are not sure.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 24-26, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 153 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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54% Believe Immigration Policy Should Be Based Upon Skills, Not Family

When deciding who should be allowed to enter the United States each year, 54% of voters believe the top priority should be given to those with skills that will benefit the United States rather than to those who have relatives in the United States. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 24% believe family relationships should be the top priority and 22% are not sure.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans believe preference should be given to those with skills. So do 47% of Democrats and 44% of Independent voters.

The survey also found that just 23% believe there should be no limits placed upon the number of people entering the United States.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 24-26, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 153 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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Half See Gun Violence, Illegal Immigration as Crises

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters see gun violence as a crisis in the United States today. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 50% see illegal immigration as a crisis.

Climate change is seen as a crisis by 38%, big tech censorship by 30%, and abortion by 27%.

There are significant partisan differences on all topics.

On gun violence, 74% of Democrats see it as a crisis. That view is shared by 43% of Independents and 34% of Republicans.

On illegal immigration, 73% of Republicans see it as a crisis. Forty-two percent (42%) of Independents and 31% of Democrats.

As for climate change, 54% of Democrats consider it a crisis. Just 27% of Independents and 24% of Republicans agree.

Voters who support policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders are more likely than traditional Democrats to see climate change as a crisis.

Those who support policies like those of former President Donald Trump are less likely than traditional Republicans to see climate change as a crisis.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 24-26, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 153 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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65% Want United States to Be a Melting Pot

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters favor the idea of the United States trying to be a Melting Pot. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 22% are opposed and 12% are not sure.

In the survey, the concept of America as a melting pot was described as a place where immigrants and new ethnic groups assimilate into our nation’s mainstream culture. As part of the process, American culture is influenced by the cultural traditions of the new immigrants

An earlier survey found that 58% believe it is fair to describe the U.S. as a Melting Pot today.

The goal of having America be a Melting Pot is favored by 70% of Hispanic voters, 66% of White voters, and 60% of Black voters.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 10-12, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 232 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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58% See America As Melting Pot; 21% Disagree

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe it is fair to describe the United States as a Melting Pot. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% don’t think that’s an appropriate description of the United States today. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure.

The concept of America as a Melting Pot was described as a place where immigrants and new ethnic groups assimilate into our nation’s mainstream culture. As part of the process, American culture is influenced by the cultural traditions of the new immigrants.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Hispanic voters believe it is fair to describe America today as a Melting Pot. So do 59% of White voters and 50% of Black voters.

The survey also found that 65% of voters believe it’s a good thing for immigrants and new ethnic groups to assimilate into American culture. Just 16% disagree.

Fifty-six percent (56%) believe it’s good for American culture to be influenced by the cultural traditions of new immigrants. Twenty-five percent (25%) disagree.

Other recent polling data found that 65% of voters believe the U.S. is friendlier towards immigrants than most other nations.

Seventy percent (70%) of voters view immigration and border control as a national security issue. Sixty percent (60%) of voters see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government.

Over the first few months of President Biden’s time in office, immigration has proven to be one of his most challenging issues. Just 36% of voters give him Good or Excellent marks for handling situation at the Southern border of the United States.

Sixty-one percent (61%) believe that illegal immigration is bad for the United States while also believing that legal immigration is good. Just 11% of all voters that legal immigration is bad for the U.S.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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36% Give Biden Good/Excellent Marks for Handling Border Situation

Thirty-six percent (36%) of voters give President Biden Good or Excellent marks for his handling of the situation at the Southern border of the United States. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 39% hold the opposite view and rate his performance as poor.

In between are 17% who rate the president’s performance as just fair.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of Democrats say the president is doing a good or an excellent job on the border. However that view is shared by just 22% of Independent voters and 12% of Republicans.

The survey also found that 61% believe illegal immigration is bad for the United States while also believing that legal immigration is good. That view is held by 77% of Republicans and 60% of Independents. Among Democrats, 46% share the mainstream view. However, 31% of those in the president’s party that both legal and illegal immigration are good for the nation.

Just 11% of all voters that legal immigration is bad for the U.S.

Other recent polling data found that 65% of voters believe the U.S. is friendlier towards immigrants than most other nations.

Seventy percent (70%) of voters view immigration and border control as a national security issue. Sixty percent (60%) of voters see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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.

65% Believe U.S. Friendlier to Immigrants Than Most Nations

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters believe that the United States is friendlier to immigrants than most other countries. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 20% disagree and believe the U.S. is more hostile towards immigrants.

Those totals include 38% who view the nation as much friendlier towards immigrants than most nations. Just 6% believe it is much more hostile.

Very Liberal voters are fairly evenly divided. Among this group, just 49% believe the U.S. is friendlier than most nations while 41% believe it is more hostile. At the other extreme, 88% of Very Conservative voters believe the U.S. is friendlier than most nations.  That includes 75% who say it is much friendlier.

On a partisan basis, 79% of Republicans believe the U.S. is friendlier towards immigrants than other nations. Most Democrats (54%) share that view but 31% see the U.S. as more hostile than most countries. Among Independent voters, 54% see the U.S. as friendlier while 18% say more hostile.

The survey also found that 62% of voters recognize that the United States accepts more immigrants than any other nation in the world. Twelve percent (12%) mistakenly believe that is not true while 26% are not sure.

Those who mistakenly believe that the U.S. does not accept more immigrants than any other nation are far more likely to believe that the United States is more hostile towards immigrants than other nations.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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60% See Growing Number of Illegal Immigrants to Be An Invasion of United States

Sixty percent (60%) of voters see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 30% disagree and say it is not an invasion.

Private sector workers, by a 64% to 28% margin, see it as an invasion. Government employees are more evenly divided–47% say it’s an invasion, 42% disagree.

By an 82% to 11% margin, Republicans say it’s an invasion. Independent voters, by a 55% to 27% margin, agree.

However, a narrow plurality of Democrats (48%) take the opposite view.

Among voters who are aware that the United States takes in more immigrants than any other nation in the world, 76% see the growing number of illegal immigrants as an invasion.  Among those who mistakenly believe some other nations take in more immigrants than the U.S., 68% say it’s not an invasion.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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58% Believe Drug Cartels Control Southern Border; 20% Disagree

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 20% disagree and 22% are not sure.

Most Republicans (78%) and Independents (53%) believe the cartels control the border. Democrats are more divided on the question. Forty-three percent (43%) agree that the cartels have more control than the U.S. government while 32% disagree.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of White voters believe the cartels have more control as do 53% of Hispanic voters and 41% of Black voters.

The survey also found that the 52% believe the Biden Administration is making it too easy for illegal immigrants to enter the nation. Just 28% disagree.

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Republicans think the Administration is making it too easy for illegal immigrants. Independents, by a 45% to 27% margin, tend to agree.

Democrats have a completely different view. Among those in the president’s party, just 26% believe he is making it too easy for illegal immigrants. Forty-eight percent (48%) disagree.

Data released earlier shows that 70% of voters view immigration and border control as a national security issue. Overall, 63% of voters believe that legal immigration is good for the United States while illegal immigration is bad.  Just 14% believe both legal and illegal immigration are bad for the nation while 11% believe both are good.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 6-8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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70% See Immigration and Border Control As A National Security Issue

Seventy percent (70%) of voters nationwide say that immigration and border control is a national security issue. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 16% disagree and 14% are not sure.

Ninety-three percent (93%) of Republicans view border control as a national security issue. So do 59% of Democrats and 58% of Independent voters.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of White voters see it as a national security issue along with 68% of Hispanic voters and 41% of Black voters.

Older voters are more likely than younger voters to consider immigration a national security issue.

The survey also found that 63% of voters believe that legal immigration is good for the United States while illegal immigration is bad.  Just 14% believe both legal and illegal immigration are bad for the nation while 11% believe both are good.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans believe legal immigration is good while illegal immigration is bad. That view is shared by 57% of Independent voters and 56% of Democrats.

Other data shows that 58% of voters believe drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government. Just 20% disagree and 22% are not sure. Most voters (52%) believe that the Biden Administration is making it too easy for illegal immigrants to enter the nation.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 6-8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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60% Believe Legal Immigration is Good for U.S. But Illegal Immigration is Bad

Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide believe that legal immigration is good for the United States but illegal immigration is bad. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 16% believe both forms of immigration are good while 13% believe both are bad. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

Putting those numbers together shows that 76% believe legal immigration is good for America while 71% believe illegal immigration is bad.

The view that legal immigration is good while illegal immigration is bad is shared by a plurality or majority of every measured demographic group but one. Very liberal voters are split between those who see all immigration as good (42%) and those who see a distinction between legal and illegal border crossings (39%).

However, despite the majority view being shared across demographic and partisan lines, there are significant distinctions within certain groups. For example, 33% of Hispanic voters believe both legal and illegal immigration is good. Just 11% say both forms are bad. But both White and Black voters are evenly split between the number who say all immigration is good and those who say it is all bad.

One perhaps surprising finding is that those who would prefer a candidate who supports Donald Trump’s policies are most likely to make the distinction between legal and illegal immigration. Seventy-five percent (75%) of such voters believe legal immigration is good while illegal immigration is bad. That view is shared by 71% who prefer traditional Republican candidates, 50% who would prefer Bernie Sanders’ type of policies, and 46% who prefer traditional Democratic candidates.

This appears to conflict with the perception that Trump voters are opposed to all immigration. That perception may be the result of the fact that 21% of voters who prefer Trump policies believe both forms of immigration are bad. Just 2% believe both forms are good. Other voters are more likely to say that both forms of immigration are good rather than bad. Still, a solid majority of Republicans and Independents make a distinction between legal and illegal immigration. So do 49% of Democrats.

Support for policies of a certain candidate were determined by the following question: Suppose you had a choice between four presidential candidates. All four had equal skills and temperament. Would you prefer a Republican who supported policies like President Trump, a more traditional Republican, a Democrat who supported policies similar to Senator Bernie Sanders, or a more traditional Democrat?

Over the past six months, responses to this question show that, on the GOP side of the aisle, Trump policies are strongly preferred over a traditional Republican. Democrats, on the other hand, are even divided between those who favor traditional Democrats or candidates pursuing Sanders’ policies.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 25-27. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 269 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, 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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55% Favor Stricter Immigration Policies Going Forward, 32% Oppose

Looking to the future, 55% of voters believe it will be appropriate for the United States to establish stricter immigration policies. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 32% disagree and 13% are not sure.

Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Republican voters support a stricter immigration policy. Democrats, by a 53% to 31% margin, are opposed. Among Independents, 53% believe a stricter immigration policy will be appropriate while 29% disagree.

The need for a stricter immigration policy is supported by 69% of rural voters, 53% of suburban voters, and 49% or urban voters.

Data released earlier showed that 70% of voters favored a temporary ban on entry into the U.S. during the pandemic.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 30-May 2, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online while 179 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the overall sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, 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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70% Favor Temporary Ban on Entry Into United States

Seventy percent (70%) of Registered Voters believe the federal government place a temporary ban on allowing people from any other country to enter the United States. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that total includes 34% who believe that even Americans living abroad should have to wait until the pandemic is over before returning.

The temporary ban is supported by 82% of Republicans, 66% of Independents, and 64% of Democrats.

Among those who Strongly Approve of President Trump, 84% support the ban. Among those who Strongly Disapprove of the president, 57% share that same view.

Overall, among all voters, just 15% oppose a temporary ban. In no measured demographic group does opposition reach 25%.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 16-18, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online while 167 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, 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.