16 FEW EMBRACE THE ‘CARAVAN’
An Economist/YouGov poll has stark findings as the Honduran immigrant “caravan” approaches the U.S. southern border. It found that over a quarter of Americans agree that “everyone in the caravan should be turned away at the border.”
The news media may wish the nation’s was waiting with open arms for the caravan. The survey suggests otherwise.
The poll revealed that only 16 percent of Americans overall would accept all the immigrants, a decision shared by 27 percent of Democrats but only 6 percent of Republicans.
Another 28 percent overall would flat out “reject all of the immigrants”; 56 percent of Republicans but only 9 percent of Democrats agreed with that. There were also conditional responses: 38 percent would accept only those who have a valid claim for asylum — and “reject the rest.” Close to half of Democrats — 47 percent — liked that idea, along with a third of Republicans.
A noteworthy 44 percent of Americans approve of President Trump’s decision to send troops to the U.S./ Mexico border; only a third disapprove of the idea and the rest are neutral or undecided about it. Naturally, there is a partisan divide: 87 percent of Republicans approve of those troops, — but only 15 percent of Democrats.