Pollster: Images of migrant families at the border made the issue non-partisan

Pollster Lee Miringoff said on Thursday that images and audio of divided migrant families at the southern border made the issue of family separations non-partisan earlier this year.

"This was a different issue from what we've had because we had visuals, we had images. We saw the kids. We saw the photos," Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"People could obviously relate to what they were now seeing, and that sticks. And I think that's why this issue, in some case when you talk about family separations, that doesn't become a partisan issue. Very rare to see that right now," he continued. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE faced intense backlash over his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which resulted in the separation of families at the border. 

The president caved in the face of pressure last month and signed an executive order putting an end to the practice, though the "zero tolerance" prosecution of everyone who crosses the border illegally continues.

— Julia Manchester