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Rasmussen: 66% of Voters Say There’s a Border ‘Crisis;’ 69% of Those Blame Biden, Just 25% Tag Trump

By Craig Bannister | May 11, 2021 | 4:33pm EDT
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Despite President Joe Biden’s denials, two-thirds of American voters say there’s a “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border, a new national Rasmussen survey reveals.

Asked if “the current situation with migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border” is a “crisis,” 66% of U.S. likely voters say it is, while only 20% say it’s not. Thirteen percent (13%) say they’re “not sure.”

Strong majorities of Republicans (85%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (67%) say the current situation with migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border constitutes a crisis, but only 49% of Democrats agree.

Belief that there’s a border crisis rises as approval of President Joe Biden declines. Just 33% of voters who “strongly approve” of Biden say there’s a crisis, compared to majorities of those who “somewhat approve” (54%), “somewhat disapprove” (79%) and “strongly disapprove” (95%) of the president.

Asked whether “the nation’s current immigration problems” are due to the policies of either Biden or former President Donald Trump, voters are more likely to blame Biden (50%) than Trump (41%), while 9% aren’t sure who’s to blame.

Among those voters who believe that there is, indeed, a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, 69% say the nation’s immigration problems are being caused more by Biden’s policies than by Trump’s. Conversely, among voters who say the current border situation is not a crisis, 74% blame Trump for America’s immigration problems.

While young, Democrat, Black and graduate school respondents are more likely to blame Trump than Biden, a plurality of voters in all income categories say Biden’s policies are more at fault for the nation’s immigration woes.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters was conducted on May 9-10, 2021. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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