Dem pollster says situation at border doesn't meet threshold for national emergency

Democratic pollster Molly Murphy said on Monday that the situation at the southern border does not meet the threshold for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE declaring a national emergency to build his long-promised wall. 

"Whether you want to talk about the legal interpretation of the standard of declaring an emergency or just what the public thinks, they think that immigration is a top priority," Murphy, a partner at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"They want to see actions taken to control the flow of illegal immigrants into this country," she continued. 

"Whether the wall is the solution, first off, is up in the air, and I think that the other question is then, how far are they willing to go to allow this president to get his wall, and get the government back open," she said. "I don't this meets the level of emergency." 

A new Hill-HarrisX survey released on Monday showed that 69 percent of Americans say Trump should not declare a national emergency at the border. 

Trump has floated declaring a state of emergency in an effort to get his requested $5.7 billion for his proposed border wall. 

He has recently backed off of the idea, saying on Monday that he does not want to call a national emergency at the moment. 

"I'm not looking to call a national emergency. This is so simple we shouldn't have to," Trump told reporters. "I have the absolute legal right to call it, but I'm not looking to do that because this is too simple. The Democrats should say we want border security. We have to build a wall, otherwise, we can't have border security."

— Julia Manchester