Solid Majority Of Americans Oppose Border Wall

A slew of new GALLUP polls were released on Tuesday. I’ll summarize some of them for you today. You may be surprised at some of the findings. These polls were taken in January.

For starters, 60% of Americans oppose major new construction of walls along the US-Mexico border. As you will recall, funding for the border wall was the main issue that led to a record 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government.

The shutdown, which ended January 25, and the political battles that preceded it over the past several months, have had little apparent effect on public opinion about a wall, and opposition increased slightly since Gallup’s last poll in June of last year. I happen to be in favor of a wall because many US Border Agents in Texas tell us they need it, along with better technology and more manpower.

Americans Who Oppose Border Wall Continues to Grow

GALLUP: Please tell me whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose significantly expanding the construction of walls along the U.S.-Mexico border?

My only question is whether those who oppose the wall hold that view solely because they are against anything Trump wants, or if they hold that view for substantive reasons. If it’s the former, then this poll is strongly skewed to the “Oppose” side, which may be misleading. We’ll probably never know.

GALLUP Polls Show Immigration Remains a Hot Topic

Gallup poll trends offer several signs that immigration has risen in prominence as a national issue in the past year. Take a look:

  • 21% of respondents now name immigration as the country’s most important problem. That is the second-highest total for immigration in the 80-year history of the Gallup question, behind last July’s 22%.
  • 78% of respondents in November identified immigration as an extremely or very important issue to them in the midterm elections, ranking it among the top three issues in importance to the public.
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