Some recent polling results are of significance to states that border Mexico—Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Arizona. The poll surveyed likely voters, and the results suggest a significant change in attitudes towards immigration.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released in May shows that 77% of the electorate now believes that illegal immigration is a serious problem in America. And 63% of those likely voters said that gaining control over the border was more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in the U.S. That is the highest level on this issue in nearly five years.
The poll also found that 63% of Americans would favor using the military to control the border. And 51% now believe that border security is a “very serious issue.” Only 30% feel that it is important to legalize those immigrants who are already in the country, the lowest figure on that issue in two years.
Politics plays a part in one’s opinion, not surprisingly. The poll showed that 83% of those who identify as Republicans favor border security; 48% of Democrats want legalization to come first. As for the independents, 65% of them favor border security first.
The results of the poll, and others like it, will undoubtedly affect the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton has just changed her position, moving to the left of President Obama and favoring a quicker path to legalization. On the other hand, Republican Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio have been in Arizona campaigning for border security.
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