Poll: Americans Largely United On Views of Sanctuary Cities


A new poll suggests that vast majority of Americans support Trump’s proposition to crack down on sanctuary cities and support the policy that illegal immigrants arrested for crimes should be reported to federal officials.

Harvard–Harris conducted a poll – provided exclusively to The Hill – that indicated “80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with.”

The Hill reports that hundreds of sanctuary cities across the U.S. are refusing to comply, to which Trump recently signed an executive action to deprive those cities of receiving federal funding if they continue to defy orders. According to a Reuters analysis, top ranking sanctuary cities reportedly receive $2.27 billion in federal assistance for public health services to early childhood education programs.

The report stated:

The Harvard–Harris Poll survey found strong support for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, with 77 percent saying they support comprehensive immigration reform against only 23 percent who oppose.

The finding is one of several in the survey that show Trump has support for some of the controversial immigration proposals that were a hallmark of his campaign.

“While there is broad support for comprehensive immigration reform, there is overwhelming opposition to sanctuary cities,” said Harvard–Harris co-director Mark Penn. “The public wants honest immigrants treated fairly and those who commit crimes deported and that’s very clear from the data.”

Here is a breakdown of the Harvard–Harris online survey:

  • 52 percent of Americans support Trump’s executive orders for constructing the U.S.-Mexico border wall, increasing the number of immigration agents by nearly 10,000, and finding a way to defund sanctuary cities.
  • Of Trump’s proposed actions, Americans support the crack down on sanctuary cities the most, though followed closely by increasing border patrol, which is backed by 75 percent of voters.
  • Trump border wall construction received 53 percent opposition.
  • 53 percent of voters surveyed said they back Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, even though it was rejected by the courts.
  • 56 percent said they support the aspect of Trump’s order that places a hold on immigration from those seven countries on the terrorism watch list until an improved vetting system has been implemented.
  • Support for Trump’s policy increases to 60 percent when the seven nations are called “Muslim-majority countries.”
  • Voters showed concern over federal judge’s suspension of Trump’s order, with 38 percent saying it makes the nation less safe. Meanwhile, 26 percent believe the court’s ruling will have no impact, and 26 percent said it will make the country safer.
  • 46 percent of Americans said allowing refugees into the U.S. has a negative impact on our country, whereas only 33 percent claimed it has a positive impact.
  • “When voters are told that the U.S. is slated to receive 100,000 Syrian refugees, 51 percent said that number should be lower, 34 percent said it is an appropriate number, and 15 percent said the U.S. should allow more.”

Penn stated of the findings in this poll: “Americans support both comprehensive immigration reform and stronger vetting and reduced refugees — they want a mix of compassion, strong borders.” He added, “They see ISIS as the greatest threat to the country and that is spurring concerns about refugee migration.”

The online survey of 2,148 registered voters was conducted between Feb. 11 and 13. The partisan breakdown is 39 percent Democrat, 30 percent Republican, 27 percent independent and 5 percent other. The Harvard–Harris Poll survey is a collaboration of the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll, says The Hill.

H/T: The Hill

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