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Voters Say Government Should Stop Hondurans At the Border

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Voters agree with President Trump’s efforts to stop the horde of Hondurans marching through Mexico from entering the United States illegally.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the U.S. government should stop all the Hondurans headed this way from entering the country. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree and say the government should allow them to enter temporarily until each of their cases can be individually reviewed. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This is nearly identical to findings in April when another caravan of Central Americans was moving through Mexico toward the United States.

Ninety-three percent (93%) of voters who Strongly Approve of Trump’s job performance want all the Hondurans kept out. Among those who Strongly Disapprove of the job the president is doing, 69% think the migrants should get case-by-case reviews.

Eighty percent (80%) of all voters have been closely following news reports about the Honduran group that is coming here illegally, with 46% who are following Very Closely. By comparison, 88% were closely following news reports about the Senate confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, with 66% who were following Very Closely. 

Among voters following news reports about the Honduran caravan Very Closely, 61% think they all should be stopped.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 21-22, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Voters continue to believe illegal immigration is a major problem, and few feel the government is doing enough to handle it.

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Republicans and 53% of voters not affiliated with either major political party say the government should stop all of the Hondurans. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Democrats think they should be allowed in temporarily until their cases are reviewed.

Republicans are following news reports about the Honduran march more closely than Democrats and unaffiliated voters.

Men feel more strongly than women that they all should be prevented from entering the United States illegally. Those under 40 are more supportive of a case-by-case review than their elders.

Blacks are more welcoming to the Honduran migrants than whites and other minority voters, but they are also following news reports about them less closely.

For Republicans, illegal immigration is the most important issue in the upcoming elections, although this survey was taken before the Kavanaugh controversy.

Most voters think it’s better for the United States to tightly control who comes into the country.

Right now, voters think it’s easier for illegal immigrants to get into the United States and stay here than in much of the rest of the world.

The Republican-led Congress has produced yet another big spending bill that fails to fund the president’s border wall even though a sizable majority of GOP voters supports the project.

Most voters (52%) think illegal immigrants are a significant strain on the U.S. budget, and 45% believe illegal immigration increases the level of serious crime in America.

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