Majority of voters disapprove of Trump's reallocation of money for border wall

A majority of voters disapprove of the Trump administration’s decision to reallocate money from the Department of Defense to build his long-promised border wall, according to a new poll released on Thursday.

The Hill-HarrisX poll found that 57 percent of registered voters disagree with a plan to divert money from the Department of Defense to build the southern border wall, compared to 44 percent of voters who said they do support the move.

Republicans overwhelming back the president on this issue at 80 percent.

But just 17 percent of Democrats said they approve of Trump’s reallocation of military funds, as did 38 percent of independent voters.

The survey comes just weeks after the Trump administration announced it was moving forward with its plan to redistribute $3.6 billion in Defense Department funds to build a 175-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The announcement comes after Trump’s national emergency declaration earlier this year over funding for the border wall.

Democratic leadership have made it clear that they intend to fight the Pentagon’s decision to reallocate defense funds for the wall.

"Canceling military construction projects at home and abroad will undermine our national security and the quality of life and morale of our troops, making America less secure," House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse votes unanimously to extend deadline for coronavirus small-business loan program Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House approves .5T green infrastructure plan | Rubio looks to defense bill to block offshore drilling, but some fear it creates a loophole | DC-area lawmakers push for analysis before federal agencies can be relocated MORE (D-Calif.) said in a statement following the initial announcement.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 1,003 registered voters between Sept. 13 and Sept. 14. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn