Happenings at the U.S. border have brought the immigration debate back into the spotlight in a huge way. There has been around-the-clock coverage of the current situation by the major outlets, and the overwhelming majority of the coverage has been presented from a specific viewpoint.
Naturally, that leads to a simple question: do likely voters share the viewpoint that’s being presented on an endless loop? According to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports, the majority do not. The following question was posed to poll respondents:
“When families are arrested and separated after attempting to enter the United States illegally, who is more to blame – the parents for breaking the law or the federal government for enforcing the law?”
According to 54 percent of likely US voters who answered the question, the blame lies with the parents of the children. Another 35 percent believe that the federal government bears the responsibility for the current situation, while 11 percent are not sure where they should be pointing their finger.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on June 19 and June 20, which is right when tensions over the happenings at the border were officially reaching the boiling point. Voters were asked two additional questions, including the following:
“Do you agree or disagree with the following statement – “The United States will not be a migrant camp. And it will not be a refugee-holding facility – it won’t be.”
For that question, 54 percent concurred with that sentiment, 30 percent disagreed, and 16 percent are unsure. On the final question, respondents were asked for specific insight into how the Trump administration is handling the situation.
“Is the Trump administration too aggressive or not aggressive enough in trying to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States? Or are its policies about right?”
The responses to this question helped to demonstrate where the concerns are among the average voter. Among likely voters that answered the call, 49 percent believe the administration is being too aggressive, 25 percent think it’s not aggressive enough, while 21 percent feel the Trump administration is right on the money.
After multiple days of members of the mainstream media sharing their personal opinions on the situation at the border, it’s helpful to gain some insight into how the rest of America feels. Immigration is a touchy subject which requires more than one viewpoint to understand thoroughly and ultimately solve.
We’ll continue to hope that our elected officials and members of the press begin to recognize that fact as opposed to digging their heels in even further.
Read more: Rasmussen Reports