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It could be due to Repub­li­can fron­trun­ner Don­ald Trumps’s public and pro­nounced dis­taste for illegal im­mi­grants and por­ous borders. It could be an in­creased public con­cern over ter­ror­ism on Amer­i­can soil, or news from the Na­tional Bor­der Pa­trol Coun­cil that only 40 per­cent of the U.S.-Mexico bor­der is ac­tu­ally un­der the prac­ti­cal con­trol of the U.S., while 20 per­cent of il­le­gals ap­pre­hended try­ing to cross the bor­der have a crim­i­nal record.

“Immigration has ar­guably at­tracted more at­ten­tion than any other is­sue in the 2016 cam­paign thus far,” says a new Gallup poll which re­veals that 60 per­cent of vot­ers now say immigration is an im­por­tant fac­tor of in­flu­ence at the polls. A fifth of them also say they will only vote for a can­di­date who shares their per­sonal view — a view more pro­nounced among both Repub­li­can and Latino vot­ers — though those views of immigration dif­fer.

Two polls this week ex­plore they idea of se­cur­ing the4 bor­der. A YouGov sur­vey found that 64 per­cent of Amer­i­cans sup­port build­ing bar­rier on the U.S.Mexico bor­der; 87 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, 65 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents and 44 per­cent of Democrats agree, along with 49 per­cent of His­pan­ics.

A Mon­mouth Univer­sity re­leased Thurs­day also ad­dressed the bor­der con­cern.

Public opin­ion is di­vided on the spe­cific is­sue of build­ing a wall along the bor­der with Mexico — 48 per­cent fa­vor this while 43 per­cent are op­posed, the poll stated, not­ing that 73 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, 47 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents and 31 per­cent of Democrats agree.

“There is a clear par­ti­san di­vide on how to deal with illegal immigration. Propos­ing a crack­down may help win the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion, but it’s not clear this would play as well in the gen­eral elec­tion,” points out Pa­trick Mur­ray, di­rec­tor of the univer­sity’s Polling In­sti­tute.

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