by Vincent Cucchiara
The Harris polling company, in conjunction with the Harvard Political Science Department, released a poll with over 100 pages of response data to many common questions regarding the economy, as well as the performance of President Donald Trump. By far the most striking information contained in this poll is the overwhelming popular support for less Immigration. Several questions directly addressed issues surrounding both legal and illegal immigration, and the American public responded very consistently in all cases.
One question asked, “In your opinion, about how many legal immigrants should be admitted to the U.S. each year?” to which 72% of respondents choose options less than 1 million legal immigrants per year, which is the amount the US has been taking in on average since 2000. 35% said that they wanted between 250,000 and 0 legal immigrants per year.
Another question asked, “Do you think current border security is adequate or inadequate?” to which another healthy majority of 61% responded “Inadequate.” In a related question, 79% of Americans affirmed their desire for “Secure borders.”
Despite the media’s desperate attempts to portray Trump’s border wall as “racist” and “xenophobic,” a full 54% of Americans responded “Support” to the question “Do you support or oppose building a combination of physical and electronic barriers across the U.S.-Mexico border?”
One policy to which 68% of respondents were decidedly opposed was the “Diversity Lottery” which picks 50,000 people at random for the stated purpose of increasing the diversity of the US. A possible reason for the ill will behind this policy is the still fresh memory of the Islamic truck attack in New York City, during which 8 people were killed by an individual who was only admitted to this country because of the “Diversity Lottery” program.
Along with a clear desire for less immigration, respondents also indicated their support for a merit-based immigration system. To the question “Do you think immigration priority for those coming to the U.S. should be based on a person’s ability to contribute to America as measured by their education and skills or based on a person having relatives in the U.S.?” 79% said that they wanted immigration to be based on ability to contribute to America.
This new data demonstrates that, contrary to many news media narratives, the open borders agenda of the Democrats is in fact wildly unpopular. Hopefully, this info comes just in time to embolden candidates in the upcoming mid-term elections to run more Trump-like “America First” campaigns, at least with regard to the issue of Immigration.