Solid Majority Still Opposes New Construction on Border Wall/Gallup

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    • #20500
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      WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sixty percent of Americans oppose major new construction of walls along the U.S.-Mexico border — the goal behind President Donald Trump’s budget showdown with Democratic leaders that led to a record 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government.

      The shutdown, which ended Jan. 25, and the political battles that preceded it over the past several months have had little apparent effect on public opinion about a wall. Fifty-seven percent opposed major new construction of walls seven months ago, a statistically insignificant three-percentage-point difference from the current number.

      Tell me, great captain, how do the angels sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on? Tom Waites

    • #20505
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      So the Democrats have no reason to deal. None at all. I think they should stand firm and reject any wall funding whatsoever, handing Trump a major defeat and standing up for the Constitution at the same time.

      Will they? Time will answer that question.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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      So far, Trump has only been interested in what Trump wants – and nothing else.  It’s not likely that he will change.

      none yet

    • #21637
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      Strong majority was also against the passage of Obamacare.

      I don’t think our politicians in Washington give a damn what we think. It’s about what their donors and special interests think what matter.

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      I beg to differ.   They don’t hire those private pollsters for free and politicians of all stripes follow them closely.  i.e. Hillary’s pollsters and the DNC pollsters were convinced she couldn’t lose if she moved right to capture the centrists who the polls said  Trump was too goofy to win.

      The Democrats haven’t been “moving left” because the polls say moving left will cause them to lose.

      Tell me, great captain, how do the angels sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on? Tom Waites

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      Bazukhov has it right. The polls are mearly one of many tools used today to gauge the public opinions and reactions. Whoever is paying the tab can have the questions worded to get the desired response.  The poll results are interesting and should certainly be considered, but not relied upon too much.


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      “The public is solidly against the expansion of the border walls and remains sympathetic toward immigrants in the country illegally. Both of these views seem to match previous Democratic proposals at a time when Republicans are unable to agree on how to handle immigration. Therefore, it is not hard to envision an outcome that will please far more Democrats than Republicans.”

      Republicans, including independents who lean toward the Republican Party, are slightly more likely to favor increasing immigration levels now (16%) than they were in 2016 (11%), but about half (51%) want levels decreased. During the same period, support for increased immigration has risen more among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, from 31% to 41%, with only 13% wanting to decrease levels.

      The Big Lie: "Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it." AH.

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      National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not solved with more nationalism.

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