In a Quinnipiac poll released on June 18th, Republican voters were the only demographic group that supported separating children from their immigrant parents.
While “American voters oppose 66 – 27 percent the policy of separating children and parents when families illegally cross the border into America,” the poll found that “Republican voters support the separation policy 55 – 35 percent, the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group to support it.”
The poll also noted that overall, voters support allowing the Dreamers (immigrants brought here as children) to remain and apply for citizenship. The overall Dreamer support was at 79%, with a range from 61% of Republicans to 94% of Democrats.
Other results of note:
- The voters questioned in the poll oppose building a wall on the border with Mexico, by 58 – 39 percent.
– The only groups who support building the wall are Republicans, and white voters with no college degree.
- Illegal immigrants already living in the U.S. should be allowed to stay and eventually apply for citizenship.
- About half of those polled said the level of legal immigration should stay where it is, while 30 percent said it should be increase.
Other results, as well as notes on methodology and sample, can be found at the Quinnipiac web site.