Polling News

Support For Border Wall Compromise

December 13, 2018

A majority of voters (56%) would prefer President Donald Trump compromise on funding the border wall rather than causing a government shutdown, according to a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.  While only 29% of Republicans favor a compromise, 71% of Democrats and 63% of Independents prefer compromise over a shutdown.

Some may think Immigration and Border Wall debates are most polarizing with groups like Latinos.  Latinos actually mirror the national numbers, with 52% favoring compromise and 36% saying the president should not compromise on funding the border wall.  Soft Republicans are split (46% compromise/48% no compromise) while Soft Democrats overwhelmingly favor compromise (79%-13%), as do majorities of both Independent men (61%-34%) and Independent women (64%-29%).  White college graduates (66%-28%) and suburban voters (67%-27%) favor compromise.  Some Republican candidates had trouble with these voting blocs in the Midterms and need to work to win them back, especially suburban women, who favor compromise 67%-26%. These groups that the GOP can and must win back in order to regain the House are not favorable to Republican leaders shutting down the government.

Not all of the president’s base prefer no compromise.  While a majority of rural voters favor border wall funding without compromise, even if it means a shutdown (39% compromise-51% no compromise), another key part of President Trump’s 2016 coalition – white non-college graduates and voters in the South ­– are not as receptive to a shut down.  While nationally, 46% percent of white non-college graduates favor compromise on the wall to prevent gridlock and 47% say the president should not compromise, even if it means a shutdown, in the South, 54% of voters favor a compromise compared to 40% who do not.

No matter what direction the Administration goes, it will be important for Republicans to be seen trying hard to find a clear solution so voters don’t blame both parties if a shutdown occurs.

Related PollingNews

Placeholder polling news
October 17, 2019 |
Polling News
Fivethirtyeight.com compared each of the twelve candidates’ pre-debate favorability rating to a sample of debate-watchers’ rating of their performance to see if any candidates under-performed during the debate, or if any unpopular candidates exceeded expe...
Placeholder polling news
October 10, 2019 |
Polling News
Gallup took a look at when Democrats and Republicans decide their respective presidential primaries.  ...
Placeholder polling news
October 03, 2019 |
Polling News
The Democratic Party has made a risky gamble by leaning into extreme positions – health care for illegal immigrants and the costly, ineffective Green New Deal, for example – will help rally the far-left base to the polls in 2020.  However, the New York Ti...
Placeholder polling news
September 26, 2019 |
Polling News
According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans’ confidence in the federal government to handle domestic and international problems remains low. ...
Button karlsbooks
Button readinglist
Button nextapperance