Poll: Majority of Americans, Swing Voters in Battleground Districts, Support Trump’s Border Wall

June 25, 2018
John Binder

A majority of Americans and swing voters in battleground districts across the United States say they support President Trump’s most central campaign promise of building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to end illegal immigration.

In the latest CBS News/YouGov poll, a majority of 55 percent of swing voters said they believe the border wall is a “good idea that can probably be completed” or a “good idea that should be tried, even if it can’t be completed,” as Trump wants.

Likewise, about 51 percent of all likely voters in those battleground districts said the same, supporting the construction of a border wall on the southern border.

Among Republican voters in the battleground districts, the border wall is extremely popular, garnering nearly 90 percent approval.

Despite overwhelming support for the border wall from Republican voters and a majority of support from Americans and swing voters, the Republican-controlled Congress has failed to fund any portion of Trump’s wall.

Months ago, the Republican Congress sent Trump an omnibus spending bill that did not only not fund a border wall, but barred the populist president from building a wall on the southern border from the proven-effective prototype walls, as Breitbart News reported.

Likely midterm voters have repeatedly told pollsters that they see immigration as one of the defining issues of the country and are vastly supportive of reducing legal immigration levels. Most recently, a majority of swing voters say immigration to the U.S. has made life “worse” in America.

The same poll revealed that a plurality of black Americans in swing districts who say immigration has changed their neighborhoods believe that immigration is making life in America “worse” for them.

About 36 percent of black Americans said immigration has changed their communities and roughly 45 percent of those black Americans say the mass importation of mostly immigrants from Central America is making them worse off.

Currently, the U.S. receives more than 1.5 million legal and illegal immigrants every year, with more than 70 percent coming to the country through the process known as “chain migration,” whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S. In the next 20 years, the current U.S. legal immigration system is on track to import roughly 15 million new foreign-born voters. Between seven and eight million of those foreign-born voters will arrive in the U.S. through chain migration.