While lawmakers struggle to reach a deal on border security amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, Republican and Democratic voters appear to agree on some immigration policies, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.
The survey, which asked variety of questions on immigration, found that majorities of both Republicans and Democrats said they favored building a fence in high-crime areas along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Ninety percent of Republicans said they supported the idea, compared to 55 percent of Democrats who said they were in favor of the fence in high-crime areas.
Sixty-eight percent of independents said they were in favor of the plan.
Republican and Democratic respondents also appeared to show some agreement on providing citizenship to undocumented immigrants who are employed and pay taxes, with 86 percent of Democrats supporting the idea along with 53 percent of Republicans.
Seventy-one percent of independents said they were also supported the measure.
GOP pollster Ed Goeas said in an episode of “What America’s Thinking” on Wednesday that the qualifiers included in the survey make it easier for Republican and Democratic voters to come to an agreement.
“We’ve seen for years that if you put any type of a qualifier in terms of living by the law, not breaking the law, learning English, having a job, paying taxes, any qualifiers tends to move it to majority support,” Goeas, president and CEO of the Tarrance Group, told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha.
They findings come as there appears to be no end in sight to the four-week partial government shutdown, which has centered around border security.
President Trump is demanding $5.7 billion for his long-promised wall along the southern border, but Democrats have refused to provide him with the funding, offering just $1.3 billion for border security measures.
Senate and House leaders announced on Tuesday that they will cancel the Martin Luther King Day recess unless there is a sudden resolution to the shutdown.
The latest Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among a demographically representative sample of registered voters and has a sampling margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
— Julia Manchester