Midterm Exit Poll: Majority of Swing Voters, Republicans Support Border Wall

Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach in San Diego during a
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The vast majority of Republican voters and more than 53 percent of swing voters in the recent midterm elections support President Donald Trump’s most central promise: The construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Exit polling conducted by Zogby Analytics for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reveals the vast majority of Republican voters — more than 80 percent — support the construction of a border wall along the southern border. Less than five percent of Republicans oppose a border wall.

Meanwhile, a majority of about 53.3 percent of swing voters in the midterm elections support Trump’s proposed border wall to stop illegal immigration into the country. A plurality of more than 47 percent of all midterm election voters said they support the construction of a border wall.

Despite running on a promise to stem the inflow of illegal aliens into the U.S., illegal immigration at the border has steadily continued, with nearly 51,000 border crossers being apprehended in the last month alone.

Nearly 90 percent of all midterm election voters called illegal immigration either a “problem” or a “serious problem” facing the nation. This includes nearly 83 percent of Democratic voters and more than 85 percent of swing voters.

Though a border wall was the central tenant of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, the construction of the barrier has yet to be funded — much less built. Months ago, before the midterms, the Republican-controlled House approved nine spending bills — none of them included funding for a border wall.

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill that includes only $5 billion for Trump’s border wall ties the funds to a slew of open borders policies that would inundate the country with more mass illegal and legal immigration. The open borders policies have been pushed along by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), as Breitbart News chronicled, who recently lost his congressional race.

Pro-American immigration reformers have requested the Republican-controlled House and Senate to pass the full $25 billion worth of border wall funding immediately before Democrats take control of the lower chamber in the new year.

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has already vowed, on two occasions, that her caucus will not support any border wall funding once they are in charge of the House.

“I don’t see any of us [House Democrats] voting for wall funding,” Pelosi said last month.

Trump has signaled that he may shut down the federal government before the new year unless he receives funding for his border wall, Breitbart News reported. The funding Trump is asking for, though, is only a fifth of what is needed to construct the wall.

“Probably if I was ever going to do a shutdown on border security, when you look at the caravans, when you look at the mess, when you look at the people coming in, this would be a very good time to do a shutdown,” Trump said.

Should illegal and legal immigration levels continue, the U.S. population will hit an unprecedented 404 million residents by 2060. The current legal immigration system would be responsible for importing 75 million new immigrants in the next four decades.

Every year the U.S. admits more than 1.5 million foreign nationals, with the vast majority deriving from family-based chain migration, whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S. In 2016, the legal and illegal immigrant population reached a record high of 44 million. By 2023, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that the legal and illegal immigrant population of the U.S. will make up nearly 15 percent of the entire U.S. population.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder


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