GOP pollster says Trump's wall would get higher approval if it prioritized high crime areas

Republican pollster Ed Goeas said in an interview that aired Wednesday on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" that more people would approve of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE's proposed border wall if it was prioritized in high crime areas. 

"If you look at approval for the wall, it's very negative for the president," Goeas, president and CEO of the Tarrance Group, told host Jamal Simmons on Tuesday. "It's only his base ... the Trump base, not the Republican base, that approves of it." 

"If you discuss in terms of 'we're going to prioritize the wall in high crime areas where it's really going to make a difference,' all of the sudden approval goes up to two-thirds of Americans," he continued. "That same two-thirds approve of DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals], and there was really a deal here in the making to get the wall done where it needs to be done and get DACA done, not for three years, but permanently." 

"Unfortunately, both sides got involved in the fight, and lost the opportunity to really do something real," he added. 

Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the southern border as a means to get funding for his long-promised border wall. 

Hill-HarrisX survey released on Wednesday found that 59 percent of registered voters polled oppose his emergency declaration at the border.

— Julia Manchester