New Polling: Republican Voters Reject Mass Deportation, Border Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Recent polling shows just how unpopular [Donald Trump’s] mass deportation and wall are.”

Those are the words of conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin in a Thursday post. Consistent with earlier surveys, the recent polls she cites are unambiguous.

That includes results in a Fox News poll this week: 74 percent of respondents support a way for “illegal immigrants” to earn legal status, while only 18 percent favor mass deportation. Those who favor legalization include 60 percent of Republicans.

The results of a new Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll released Thursday indicate similar views in Arizona, as was the case in an August poll. According to the Republic:

About 68 percent of Arizona voters either disagreed or strongly disagreed that all illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. should be deported, according to the new poll, conducted between Oct. 10 and Oct. 15.

About 26 percent either strongly agreed or agreed that all illegal immigrants should be deported. The margin of error was 4.1 [percentage points].

About 55 percent said the U.S. should maybe not or should definitely not build a border wall, compared with nearly 35 percent who said the U.S. should definitely or should maybe build a border wall, according to the poll, with a margin of error of 4.1 [percentage points].

“I’m more frustrated that [immigration] is not being addressed and we don’t (facilitate) the process to make people come here legally,” the Republic quotes registered Republican Lynn Driscoll of Tucson as saying. “That is the problem.”

“Republican voters want an immigration process that keeps us secure, bolsters our economy and reinforces our values,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum Action Fund. “When the dust settles, immigration actually can help heal the rifts in the Republican Party. With support from the majority of Republican voters, leaders must take a constructive approach.”


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