If you listened exclusively to the media, you’d think immigrants were the group most opposed to Donald Trump. Any comments he makes on illegal immigration are spun and portrayed as anti-immigrant, because apparently nobody in the media can differentiate between the two.
In fact, just the opposite is the case in reality. Those who’ve jumped through all the hurdles to immigrate legally don’t tend to be sympathetic towards those who want to cheat their way in, and as the Morning Consult just reported, the figures are there to prove it.
Most Americans who immigrated to the U.S. support Donald Trump’s call for a temporary immigration ban from some countries, along with other proposals that appear to view foreigners with suspicion, according to a new Morning Consult poll.
The online survey, conducted after Trump unveiled his national security platform on Monday, shows that the views of immigrants and descendants of recent immigrants do not differ much from those of the general electorate.
As with the entire electorate, about six out of 10 immigrants (61 percent) said they back Trump’s proposal to have all foreigners take an ideological test when applying for a visa to make sure they share American values. About a quarter of immigrants (26 percent), as with the electorate as a whole (23 percent), said they opposed it. Immigrants, or children or grandchildren of immigrants, also hold similar views to the entire electorate on Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban entry to the U.S. from people residing in countries with a history of terrorism. But there were small differences among those voters who differ by generation.
Americans who immigrated to the U.S. were the least likely to back the proposal, with 52 percent expressing support for it and 39 percent in opposition. At 68 percent, support for the ban was stronger among first generation Americans than the entire electorate (59 percent). Only 22 percent of that generation said they oppose it, compared with 27 percent of all voters.
Second generation Americans supported the proposed ban by a 27-point margin (59 percent to 32 percent) and third generation Americans backed it 55 percent to 34 percent.
While most immigrants supported Trump’s proposal to close off immigration from certain countries, there was a more even split when it came to whether or not we should build a border wall, as “Immigrants were slightly more likely to oppose Trump’s border wall than the electorate as a whole. All voters were split at 43 percent on building the wall. Among recent immigrants, half said they opposed it. Almost half of first generation (46 percent) and second and third generation (48 percent) Americans also said they oppose it.”
Still, a 46/48 split is a heck of a lot closer than what most liberals would like you to believe.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]