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Poll: 65% of Democrat Voters Say ‘Open Our Border to Anyone’ Who Isn’t ‘A Terrorist or Criminal’

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | January 16, 2019 | 2:27 PM EST

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About two-thirds of Democrat voters want the U.S. to open its borders to “anyone who wants to come here” – as long as that person isn’t either a criminal or terrorist, a new Rasmussen Poll finds.

In the national survey of 1,000 likely voters, conducted January 10-13, 2019, 65% of those identifying as Democrats said it is in America’s best interest “To open our borders to anyone who wants to come here as long as they are not a terrorist or a criminal.” Only about a quarter (26%) of Democrats said the U.S. should “tightly control who come into the country.”

In contrast, 80% of Republican voters said the U.S. should tightly control who enters the country, as did 56% of all likely voters surveyed. Only a third (34%) of all voters said the U.S. should welcome “anyone” in who isn’t a terrorist or criminal.

“Generally speaking, which is better for the United States?”

Democrats’ Response:

  • “To tightly control who comes into the country”: 26%
  • “To open our borders to anyone who wants to come here as long as they are not a terrorist or a criminal”: 65%
  • “Not Sure”: 10%

Republicans’ Response:

  • “To tightly control who comes into the country”: 80%
  • “To open our borders to anyone who wants to come here as long as they are not a terrorist or a criminal”: 16%
  • “Not Sure”: 4%

All Likely Voters (Including “Other” party affiliations):

  • “To tightly control who comes into the country”: 56%
  • “To open our borders to anyone who wants to come here as long as they are not a terrorist or a criminal”: 34%
  • “Not Sure”: 10%

The perceived consequences of illegal immigration appears to have influenced respondents’ views. Fully 91% of those who said illegal immigration increases “the level of serious crime in America” also said they want tight border control, as did 86% of those who said illegal immigrants are “a significant strain on the U.S. budget.”

Meanwhile, 74% of those who said illegal immigration has “no impact” on serious crime, and 77% of those who said it does not provide a significant strain on the U.S. budget, also said the U.S. should open its borders to anyone who isn’t a threat.

Read more at RasmussenReports.com.

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