A majority of voters say they would support a compromise in Congress that gives a path to citizenship to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children in exchange for border wall and security funding if the compromise was the only way to move forward, according to a new American Barometer survey.
The poll found that 56 percent of voters surveyed said they would support a compromise, while 44 percent said they would oppose it.
Lawmakers face a Dec. 21 deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown, but Republicans and Democrats have not been able to reach a compromise on how much money to put toward President Trump’s proposed border wall.
Democrats have offered $1.3 billion for border fencing and barriers, which is less than Trump’s request of $5 billion.
Trump on Tuesday threatened a government shutdown if he does not get funding for his proposed border wall during a contentious Oval Office meeting with Vice President Pence, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“I will be the one to shut it down,” Trump told Schumer and Pelosi, who repeatedly asked Trump not to talk about the funding request in front of the press.
“You will not win,” Pelosi told Trump.
Morning Consult editor Cameron Easley told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha on Monday that the polling shows that it is not in Trump’s best political interests to force a shutdown over government funding.
“The president is looking for a foil to latch onto. He likes to fight, and he’s trying to elevate the profile of Democratic leaders in Congress, and perhaps Nancy Pelosi is not particularly popular herself,” Easley said on “What America’s Thinking.”
“If he can lean into that and make it about her, that’s probably going to help his case, but there’s really not a whole lot of support outside of the president’s own base,” he added.
The American Barometer is a daily survey conducted by the HarrisX polling company on behalf of Hill.TV.
The consumer preferences poll was conducted Dec. 7–8 among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
— Julia Manchester