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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

What America Thinks: Do Voters Agree With Trump?

Donald Trump’s recent remarks criticizing illegal immigrants have gotten his annual Miss Universe pageant pulled from television and his relationship severed with NBC, Macy’s and others. The media is still fanning the controversy, so we decided to find out what America thinks.

During his announcement that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump called for tougher border control, saying Mexico and Central America are not sending their best people here but are exporting a lot of criminals instead. In surveys dating back to 2008, as many as 69% of voters have agreed with the billionaire businessman that gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of those who are here illegally. In seven years, that number has never dipped below 53%, and in April it hit a four-year high of 63%.

Most voters for years also have complained that the policies and practices of the federal government encourage rather than discourage illegal immigration. They don’t like President Obama’s plan to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation either and think it will just encourage more to come here illegally. Interestingly, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton says the president’s plan doesn’t go far enough.

Yet, voters remain overwhelmingly positive about immigrants who come to the United States to work hard, support their families and pursue the American Dream. The problem is just 54% now believe that is what most immigrants have in mind.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.