GOP pollster says specifics on Trump's border wall will make it less polarizing

GOP pollster Ed Goeas predicted Wednesday that views about President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE's border wall will likely become less polarized if voters are given specifics on the proposal. 

"There is a certain group of people that have just accepted the wall or rejected the wall in total," Goeas, president and CEO of the Tarrance Group, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha.

"But once you start talking about specifics – 'We'll put it here, but not put it there, we'll put it here for this reason, not have it there for this reason' – then you start bringing more people on to the argument," he continued. 

"You break them out of the polarized position they're in, and make them think about, OK what do you really want in national security," he said. 

Goeas's comments follow the release of a new Hill-HarrisX survey that found some common ground between Republicans and Democrats on the issue of border security. 

The survey found that 90 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats said they supported building a border fence in high-crime areas along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Disagreement over funding for Trump's signature border wall has led to the partial government shutdown, which is in its fourth week.

Trump has shifted his language about the proposed barrier during the shutdown, saying he's pushing for a steel barrier instead of a concrete wall.

“They can name it peaches. I don’t care what they name it,” Trump quipped last Friday while imploring Democrats to return to Washington to vote on wall funding. 

— Julia Manchester