Poll: Majority opposes border wall with Mexico
A majority of voters oppose the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new survey, as Congress faces another possible government shutdown over immigration policy.
Fifty-nine percent of voters oppose building President Trump’s long-promised wall along the southern border, and only 37 percent support the measure, according to the Quinnipiac poll.
The White House has released its proposal for an immigration deal, which includes $25 billion in funding for the wall along with tighter security measures in exchange for protections for some undocumented immigrations favored by Democrats.
Opposition to the wall rises to 65 percent against when the poll cites the steep price tag proposed in the White House plan, with a 7 percent drop in support from Republicans (75 percent to 69 percent) and a 2 percent drop for Democrats (9 percent to 7).
Thirty-three percent of all respondents support a wall even when told of its cost.
Support for the wall hit a high of 42 percent in a 2016 Quinnipiac poll, but has remained below 40 percent ever since.
Democrats remain strongly opposed to the White House framework and could dig in against government funding bills that fail to include a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Current government funding is set to run out on Thursday.
The poll surveyed 1,333 registered voters in the U.S. from February 2 to 5 and has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.
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