Harvard-Harris Poll: 69% of Registered Voters Oppose Abolishing ICE

Jonathan Mizrahi | July 2, 2018 | 12:15pm EDT
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A recent Harvard-Harris poll found that 69% of registered voters do not believe that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) should be abolished, an idea that some congressional Democrats and liberal activists are proposing.

In the June 24-25 online survey of 1,448 registered voters,  Harvard-Harris asked, ‘”Do you think that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, known as ICE, should be disbanded or not?”

According to the poll, 69% of the respondents said ICE should not be disbanded; 31% said the immigration enforcement arm should be disbanded.

The poll also asked, “Do you think we need stricter or looser enforcement of our immigration laws?”

To this question, 70% of the people answered that the United States should have “stricter” enforcement of its immigration laws; 30% said “looser” enforcement.  


For the online survey, Harvard-Harris contacted 1,448 registered voters. “The results reflect a nationally representative sample,” said Harvard-Harris. “Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, marital status, household size, income, employment, political party, political ideology, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.”

“Mark Penn and Stephen Ansolabehere supervise the Harvard Harris Poll,” according to the group’s website. “Penn served as President Clinton’s pollster for 6 years. Ansolabehere is Professor of Government at Harvard and runs the the Harvard Center for American Political Studies (CAPS). The Harvard-Harris Poll is a collaboration of Harvard CAPS and The Harris Poll.”

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