Donald Trump’s plans to construct a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in order to halt illegal immigration from our southern neighbor has been a hotly contested subject throughout this election cycle. Trump’s supporters go wild at the very mention of its development and can hardly contain their fervor when the brash businessman furthers that Mexico will be the side paying for it. Despite this ardent support for the proposal from many of Trump’s fans, new polling data suggests that the plan is actually wildly unpopular among the American populace at large.
A new Pew poll finds that close to two-thirds of Americans oppose building a wall along the U.S. southern border. The fact that 62% of Americans reject the idea to construct such a blockade is even more interesting when understood in the context that four-fifths of all Hispanics and African Americans oppose the wall.
It is also very clear that this is a partisan issue, as 83% of Democrats oppose the wall, while 84% of Trump supporters, 64% of Cruz supporters, and 53% of Kasich supporters actually endorse the initiative.
Despite the lack of support for the wall, it appears that Trump’s violent rhetoric has increased the anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S.. Compared to 65% of Republicans who favored allowing undocumented immigrants with certain requisites to remain in the country back in September, only 59% of Republicans feel that that should be allowed at this point.
What do you think about these findings? Is it time for Trump to drop his rhetoric about the wall?