Poll: Plurality of Americans view ICE unfavorably

Poll: Plurality of Americans view ICE unfavorably
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More Americans view Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unfavorably than favorably, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center. 

The survey revealed that 47 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the immigration agency, while 44 percent have a favorable view. 

The survey also shows that 28 percent of Americans have a "very unfavorable" view of the agency, while 19 percent of respondents have a "very favorable" view of it. 

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Views largely split along political lines. Seventy-two percent of Republican respondents view ICE favorably, while 72 percent of Democrats view the agency unfavorably. 

The Pew survey also shows that there is a clear divide between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats' views of ICE. Seventy-seven percent of conservative Republicans respondents said they view ICE favorably. On the other hand, 82 percent of liberal Democrats view ICE unfavorably. 

The poll from Pew comes as ICE faces increasing scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers for its role in President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that led to thousands of families being separated at the southern border. 

Many Democratic lawmakers have called for the agency to be abolished. But Republicans have pushed back hard. Last week, the House approved a GOP resolution expressing support for ICE. 

In a poll released by Politico/Morning Consult earlier this month, 54 percent of voters said they are in favor of keeping ICE.

The Pew survey was conducted from July 11-15 among a sample of 1,007 adults. It has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.