- A Monmouth poll released Monday shows that 53% of Americans now support building a wall on the southern border with Mexico and 46% oppose it.
- The poll also shows that 84 percent of voters view illegal immigration as a very serious or somewhat serious problem.
A new poll shows a majority of Americans now support a wall on the southern border, as the problem of illegal immigration intensifies ahead of the 2024 elections.
TO Monmouth Survey released Monday shows that 53 percent of Americans now support building a wall on the southern border with Mexico. Forty-six percent are still opposed.
Four years ago, in a 2019 poll, only 42 percent of Americans supported the idea.
The poll shows that 86 percent of Republicans support a border wall, but so do 58 percent of independents. Only 17 percent of Democrats support the idea.
The poll also shows that 84 percent of voters view illegal immigration as a very serious or somewhat serious problem, a figure that has increased significantly since 2019.
US President Donald Trump raises his fist while visiting the US-Mexico border wall.
US President Joe Biden walks along the US-Mexico border fence in El Paso, Texas, on January 8, 2023.
The issue scores 15 points more among Democrats and independents than in 2019 and 14 points more among Republicans.
The issue of immigration has changed significantly since Trump first ran for office.
Sixty-one percent of Americans now say that immigrants seeking political asylum should be forced to remain in Mexico while their claims are processed. Five years ago, 41 percent said they should be allowed to wait in the United States.
The idea of a wall on the southern border is one of former President Donald Trump’s first campaign promises during his first presidential campaign in 2015, an idea he began promoting on social media as early as 2014.
‘SECURE THE BORDER! BUILD A WALL!’ he wrote in X in August 2014.
Trump also scoffed at the idea of a wall even before he ran for president.
‘We need strong borders. We need a wall. If I run I will tell you, the king of building construction, the king of wall construction. No one can build them like Trump, I can promise you that,” he said during a speech at CPAC in February 2015.
The former president is running again on the idea of a secure border, promising to finish the wall on the southern border, after having struggled in his first term to fund and complete a border wall.
During his administration, officials built a total of 458 miles of new primary and secondary border barriers, according to a report by US Customs and Border Protection.
President Donald Trump looks on before signing a plaque while participating in a ceremony commemorating the 200th mile of the border wall.
US President Joe Biden speaks with US Customs and Border Protection officials while visiting the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas.
Biden ran in 2020 on the issue of stopping construction of Trump’s wall.
“Not one more foot of wall will be built during my administration,” he promised in a 2020 statement. interview.
But the Biden administration has since accelerated border wall construction projects, as the problem of migration across the southern border has become a crisis.
Both Biden and Trump announced plans to visit the border on Monday as the issue of border security becomes a major issue in the 2024 campaign.