Pollster says Trump supporters more likely to support border wall as part of immigration debate

Democratic pollster Pia Nargundkar told Hill.TV on Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE's supporters are more likely to support the construction of a border wall along the southern border because of how he's framed it as part of the overall immigration debate. 

"I think part of it has to do with how you frame it," Nargundkar, a senior associate at ALG Research, told host Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"If you ask voters, do they support a border wall? I think a majority has consistently said that they oppose that, but when you think about immigration, that's sort of a broader issue," she continued. 

"Voters are thinking about illegal immigration. They're thinking about border security. They're thinking about all of those horror stories President Trump likes to tell about people getting killed by MS-13, and women getting dragged over the border," she said. "So it sort of encompasses a lot, and where you are on the spectrum is what you hone in on when you hear that word immigration." 

Republican and Democratic lawmakers are struggling to meet a February 15 deadline to reach a deal on border security amid Trump's demands for border wall funding. 

A Gallup survey released earlier this month found that 60 percent of Americans oppose "significant new construction" on border walls. 


— Julia Manchester