Americans blame law-breaking parents, not Trump, for border separation

Americans blame law-breaking parents, not Trump, for border separation
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A new Rasmussen poll finds that the majority of American voters blame parents who choose to illegally cross the border – not the Trump administration — for the children’s crisis along the southern United States border.

The new poll spells trouble for democrats who — in the wake of President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE’s surprising success in a range of areas including North Korea, jobs and the economy — appear to have pinned their hopes for the 2018 midterm elections on, well, pinning a border crisis on Trump.

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Yet, voters across America are not falling for it.

 

A Rasmussen poll conducted just last week shows that 54 percent of all likely voters blame parents who break the law and attempt to enter the U.S. illegally, more than they blame the federal government for simply upholding the law.

However, you wouldn’t know that from watching the evening news or seeing the erroneous, widely-panned cover of Time Magazine this week as they joined the left in their attacks on the administration.

Not surprisingly in the wake of relentless attacks, Republican support for Trump is soaring even higher.

A whopping 82 percent of Republicans believe illegal immigrant parents are more to blame than Trump for creating the crisis. (An unsurprising) 60 percent of Democrats still blame Trump.

However, the most surprising figure comes from independent likely voters.

A stunning 56 percent of independent voters not affiliated with either of the two major parties believes that parents are also more to blame for the crisis.

This key figure shattering the 50 percent threshold is significant – especially in light of the 2018 midterm races in which Democrats intended to make Trump the big, bad, racist boogeyman.

The new poll is so shocking because it reveals that Democrats are losing ground with independent voters — and quickly — on the key issue of immigration that Democrats once owned.

The bad news doesn’t end there for Democrats.

Not only do independents and Republicans side with Trump on the matter, but 54 percent of all likely voters also agree with a key Trump statement that, “The United States will not be a migrant camp. And it will not be a refugee-holding facility – it won’t be.”

White males and likely voters over 40 agreed with Trump, but surprisingly so did other voters including minorities. In fact, African Americans – usually a solid voting bloc for Democrats – were equally divided on the issue.

The paltry poll numbers for Democrats should set off alarm bells on the left with just over four months to go until Election Day. After having no message, no money, and no real leadership since 2016, Democrats are now in peril of losing the one key narrative that they’ve relied upon in the past: that Republicans are a bunch of heartless, racist goons.

Talk about a flipped script.

Nothing could be further from the truth as now a Republican administration grapples with the policy inherited from prior administrations and the Democrat-controlled Congress that passed it.

Jen Kerns has served as a GOP strategist and writer for the U.S. presidential debates for FOX News. She previously served as communications director and spokeswoman for the California Republican Party, the Colorado Recalls over gun control, and the Prop. 8 battle over marriage which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.