Harvard-Harris Poll: 76% of Registered Voters Do Not Support ‘Open Borders’

By Jonathan Mizrahi | July 5, 2018 | 10:54am EDT
Border wall prototype.

(CNSNews.com) -- A recent Harvard-Harris poll found that 76% of registered American voters do not believe the United States should have “open borders,” and 61% said current U.S. border security is “inadequate.”

In the June 24-25 online survey of 1,448 registered voters,  Harvard-Harris asked, “Do you think we should have basically open borders or do you think we need secure borders?”

Seventy-six percent of the respondents (1,093 people) said “we need secure borders.” Twenty-four percent of respondents (354 people) said “we should have basically open borders.”

In another question, Harvard-Harris asked, “Do you think current border security is adequate or inadequate?”

Sixty-one percent said border security is “inadequate,” and 39% said border security is “adequate.”


In his 2016 presidential campaign and as president, Donald Trump has called for the building of a 15-foot-high wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Prototypes have been built but full-scale funding for the project has not been allocated by Congress.

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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