Most Americans have doubts about the Biden administration’s ability to handle an increase in migration that is widely expected should the policy end
. Enigste 26% say they’re at least somewhat confident that the administration is prepared to handle any increase in the number of migrants seeking to enter the US that might result from Title
42 eindig, met 74% expressing little or no confidence
. Among Republicans
, 82% say they have no confidence at all
, while just
14% of Democrats feel the same
Public opinion of migrants
Fifty-six percent of Americans favor allowing migrants from Central American countries to seek asylum in the United States, a modest downtick from 63% in April 2021. N jaar gelede, strong support for allowing migrants to seek asylum outweighed strong opposition; in the most recent poll, strong feelings are about equally prevalent on both sides (22% strongly favor it, terwyl 23% strongly oppose it).
A majority of 54%, egter, says that minimizing the number of people trying to enter the United States should be a higher priority than allowing people to seek asylum in the country, with just 45% saying asylum-seekers should be the higher priority.
Views are sharply divided along partisan lines. Roughly three-quarters of Democrats (74%) favor allowing Central American migrants to seek asylum in the US, met 62% saying that allowing people to seek asylum should take priority over minimizing the number of people seeking to enter the US. Among independents, those numbers are 59% en 50%, onderskeidelik. Net 35% of Republicans favor allowing Central American migrants to seek asylum, en net 22% think asylum-seekers should be a priority for policymakers.
Immigration not a top focus
Immigration isn’t currently at the forefront of most Americans’ gedagtes: Enigste 10% of Americans consider it to be the top issue facing the nation, compared with the 50% who say the biggest concern is the economy, according to results from the same poll released earlier this week. Enigste 41% say they’ve followed the news about Title 42 even somewhat closely, with just 12% saying they’ve followed the news very closely. Strong interest in the topic is more common on the right, met 25% of Republicans and just 6% of Democrats saying they’ve followed the news very closely. Even within the GOP, attention is concentrated among conservatives, met 62% of conservative Republicans saying they are following at least somewhat closely, compared with about 4 in 10 among moderate or liberal Republicans, moderate or conservative Democrats and liberal Democrats alike.
About two-thirds of Americans, 68%, say they currently consider the situation at the US-Mexico border to be a crisis. Dit is af van 78% last April, a shift that reflects lessening concerns among both Democrats and independents.
But public unhappiness with the government’s approach to immigration is widespread.
Net 27% of Americans approve of the way migrants attempting to cross the southern border are being treated by the US government, similar to the 31% who approved under the Trump administration in 2019. A majority of 62% currently says the US government is doing too little to try to enforce immigration laws, met 26% saying the government is doing the right amount and 12% saying it’s doing too much. Specifically on Biden’s handling of immigration, 34% approve and 66% afkeur.
The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS from April 28-May 1 among a random national sample of 1,007 adults surveyed online or by phone after being recruited using probability-based methods. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 persentasiepunte.