Ignore the outrage surrounding the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy: Polls are still showing that most Americans are on the president’s side. The latest proof of that comes from a CBS poll released Monday showing that a slight majority of Americans want to see illegal aliens detained or deported. Furthermore, 51% of respondents said that a border wall would be a good idea, even if it doesn’t cover the entire border.
The poll was conducted last week, between June 21 and June 22 – following nearly two weeks of intense public scrutiny surrounding Trump’s controversial border policy, which he rescinded last week with an executive order.
Also CBS poll: only 21% of voters favor releasing illegal immigrants into the country. Nearly 3/4 support incarceration and deportation pic.twitter.com/ULUkvkQOP0
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) June 24, 2018
This all jives with what we reported last week – namely that a majority of voters think the parents of children detained at the US border are to blame for the crisis. Only 35% believe the government is at fault for enforcing the law, while 11% are unsure who is to blame.
While strong immigration policies remain broadly popular, politicians in blue states are growing even more hostile toward President Trump’s immigration enforcement efforts, directing most of their hostilities at ICE. Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the New York State Democratic gubernatorial primary, just this week called for the abolition of ICE, saying the group has strayed far from its original purpose – even going so far as to label ICE a “terrorist organization.” She said this while the poll confirmed that the president’s approval rating has held strong, with more than 40% of respondents identifying as a “Trump supporter”.