Dem pollster says voters have 'consistently' supported border security funding

Democratic pollster Carly Cooperman told Hill.TV on Wednesday that there has been consistent, bipartisan support for border security throughout the negotiations over immigration to keep the U.S. government open. 

"We've seen consistently that there is support among voters on both sides of the aisle for funding for border security," Cooperman, a partner at Schoen Consulting, told host Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"People want to reduce illegal immigration and they want to take measures to improve the border," she continued. "I think that you see some of these higher numbers of support for efforts to fund homeland security and to take steps to improve the border." 

Republican and Democratic lawmakers reached an agreement Monday to fund the government in a bid to avert another government shutdown. 

The deal includes $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of barriers along the border in the Rio Grande Valley, well below the $5.7 billion Trump has been demanding in recent weeks.

While Trump said he was not thrilled with the deal on Tuesday, on Wednesday he said he does not want to see another government shutdown, indicating that he might sign the deal. 

A Quinnipiac University Poll survey released last month found that 54 percent of Americans say there is a security crisis along the U.S.-Mexican border, while 68 percent said there was a humanitarian crisis. 

— Julia Manchester