Support among Latinos for border wall ticks up: Survey

According to a recent Ipsos/Telemundo survey of Hispanic adult adults, Hispanics have begun to take more conservative views on border management. However, they still support asylum and the right to citizenship for those immigrants without permanent legal status.

Hispanics see President Biden, too, as being less involved and representing their interests as compared to the Democratic Party.

The poll found that 65 percent of respondents support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrants, and 64 percent favor giving the president authority to “shutdown” the border in the event too many migrants arrive at once.

Biden is now asking Congress to grant him this authority. This issue has plagued him for the entirety of his presidency. Biden would have had the power to stop processing asylum requests once a certain threshold of daily migration was reached under a failed bipartisan Senate border agreement.

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In March, 42 per cent of poll respondents said that they would support the construction of a fence or wall along the entire U.S.Mexico border. This is up from 30 per cent of respondents in December 2021.

In March, 38 percent of respondents said that they would be in favor of “returning all undocumented immigrant in the U.S. to their country of origin”, up from 28 percent back in December 2021.

The overlap in support of a path to citizenship between those who favor it and those who favor mass deportations – within the margin of error – is indicative both of the divisiveness and confusion surrounding immigration and border policy among Hispanics.

According to the poll, Hispanics place immigration reform above border security. Seventy percent of respondents rated immigration reform as very or most important. This compares with 62 percent that rated border security the same.

Hispanics’ top concern is still the economy. This has been true for many years.

According to 79 percent, inflation and the supply chain are the top or very-important priorities. 71 percent rate jobs in the same category.

It’s hard to tell what issues will affect the presidential election.

The survey found that 31 percent of eligible voters plan to vote for Biden. 28 percent will vote for the former president Trump. 11 percent are undecided.

The statistical tie is despite Biden’s substantial advantage in favorability. 41 percent of respondents view Biden favorably while 47 percent do not, whereas 32 percent view Trump favourably and 56 percent disfavorably.

Trump outscores Biden on key issues. He is seen as good for economic growth by 42 percent, while Biden’s rating on this issue is 20 percent.

Biden is preferred by 20 percent compared to 31 percent of respondents for crime and public security. In the area of immigration, Trump is ahead of Biden. Only 22 percent chose Biden.

Biden leads Trump in the following areas: 28 percent to 23 % on his support for democracy; 30 percent to 21 % on abortion. And 25 percent of respondents say that Biden shares their views, as opposed to 19 percent saying this about Trump.

Trump is seen by many as being aloof, or even worse, towards Hispanics compared to Biden.

Only 14 percent of respondents thought Trump cared about Hispanics while 31 percent believed Biden did. 33 percent of respondents felt Trump took Hispanics as a given, while 15 percent stated the same for Biden.

When it comes to the issue of representation, both candidates are on par. Trump is viewed as representing “people like you”, by 24 percent, whereas Biden is deemed representative by 29 percent.

Biden is behind his own Democratic Party in this measure: 36 percent of respondents say the party represents them, 34 percent care about Hispanics and 16 percent take Hispanics as granted.

Trump leads his party in terms of representation. Only 16 percent said that the GOP represents them.

Trump and the GOP have statistically equal perceptions of Hispanics. 12 percent say the party cares for them and 29 percent say Republicans take them as granted.

The survey was conducted in English and Spanish online or using lent tablets with 1,012 Hispanics adults nationwide. A margin of error reported at 95 percent confidence is 3.6 percentage points.