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Most oppose Trump emergency declaration in new poll, Republican support strong

A majority of registered voters in a new poll oppose President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency to secure funds for his long-desired wall along the southern border.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll showed that 51 percent of registered voters surveyed are against Trump's emergency declaration, including 41 percent who "strongly oppose" the move.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents support the president's decision, including 26 percent who "strongly support" it, pollsters found.

Half of those surveyed said Trump's use of emergency powers to build the wall is an "abuse of power." 

Trump enjoys strong support on the issue among Republicans, however, according to the poll. Seventy-seven percent of GOP respondents are in favor of the emergency declaration, compared to 18 percent who oppose it. Among Democrats, 81 percent of respondents oppose the declaration, as do 51 percent of independents.

Voters are more evenly split on support for Trump's border wall itself, the poll showed, with 45 percent of respondents supporting the structure and 47 percent opposing it.

The poll surveyed 1,914 registered voters from Feb. 15-19, starting the same day that Trump announced his emergency declaration to secure funds for the wall. The poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

The president's declaration highlighted $3.6 billion in military construction funding toward the border project. Those funds would be paired with separate executive action repurposing about $2.5 billion from the Defense Department's drug-interdiction program and $600 million from the Treasury Department's asset-forfeiture fund. 

The decision has already sparked a flurry of lawsuits, and Democrats have pledged to put forward legislation to block the declaration.

A number of Republicans have also voiced concerns about the use of emergency powers, warning it could set a poor precedent, but it's unclear how many GOP critics of the president's action would vote for the Democrats' measure.

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