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Opposition to Trump emergency for wall nearly twice as strong as support: poll

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Nearly two-thirds of Americans surveyed in a new poll said they are against President Trump declaring a national emergency to direct the construction of a wall along the southern border, almost twice the amount of those in favor of it.

The Monmouth University poll found that 64 percent of Americans would disapprove of Trump using emergency powers to direct military funds to build a border wall, while 34 percent said they would support the move.

Seventy-one percent of Republicans indicated they would support Trump declaring an emergency to construct the wall, while 93 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of independents said they would oppose such a move.

{mosads}A majority of Americans, 52 percent, said they are opposed to building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the poll found. Forty-four percent of respondents are in favor of building the wall. Support for a wall increased by 4 percentage points since Monmouth asked the question a year ago.

The president triggered a partial government shutdown that lasted 35 days when he demanded $5.7 billion to fund construction of the wall along the southern border. 

Trump signed a bill last Friday to fund the government for three weeks that did not include money for the wall, but provided the opportunity for a bipartisan conference of lawmakers to negotiate border security funding.

Trump and White House officials have been adamant that the wall will be built, regardless of whether Congress comes to a satisfactory agreement.

“We’ll work with the Democrats and negotiate, and if we can’t do that, then we’ll do a — obviously we’ll do the emergency because that’s what it is. It’s a national emergency,” Trump told reporters Friday.

The president earlier this month said he was considering declaring a national emergency to direct construction of the wall, but he later backed off the idea and said he’d prefer Congress address the issue.

Republicans have largely been reluctant to embrace an emergency declaration, noting that it would likely face numerous legal hurdles and would set a potentially dangerous precedent.

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