16 FEW EM­BRACE THE ‘CAR­A­VAN’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

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