Support for allowing Central American refugees into US up 6 points since December

 Support for allowing Central American refugees into US up 6 points since December
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More Americans now support allowing refugees from Central America into the U.S. compared to eight months ago, according to a new poll, largely due to increased approval among Republicans and independents. 

Support overall stands at 57 percent, up 6 points from 51 percent in December, according to the Gallup poll released Tuesday.

The largest uptick in support was among Republicans, although members of the GOP still support taking in Central American refugees at lower rates than Democrats and independents. 

Republican support increased by 10 points, to 24 percent, in the new poll. 


Support from independents stands at 58 percent, up 6 points. 

Eighty-five percent of Democrats now support taking in Central American refugees, compared to 82 percent last December.   

Support for taking in the refugees is now higher than it's been historically for refugees across the world, including Syrian refugees in 2015 and Holocaust refugees in the 1930s and '40s, Gallup noted.  

Less than half of respondents said they view the situation at the U.S. border with Mexico as a crisis, as it is often described by President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE and Republicans. Thirty-nine percent of Americans said the situation is a crisis, pollsters found. 

More Republicans, 52 percent, said the situation is a crisis. Thirsty-seven percent of Democrats and 32 percent of independents agree, based on the poll. 

The poll data comes as immigration policy remains a key focus of the Trump administration, and likely of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. 

Gallup surveyed 3,038 adults between July 15 and 31 for the poll. Its results have a margin of error of 2 percentage points.