Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe that the U.S. Southern border is in “crisis” or that the situation is a major problem according to a Gallup report published July 14.
Conducted over several weeks, the poll found that many Americans (39%) see the scene at the United States-Mexico border as a “crisis.” Thirty-three percent of those surveyed viewed it as a “major problem,” 22% a “minor problem” and 5% “not a problem.” These numbers are unchanged from the 2019 report.
This report comes after the expiration of Title 42, which allowed U.S. officials to turn asylum-seekers away without a hearing. “Americans are more sympathetic to the people who come to the U.S. border hoping to enter the country than they are toward immigrants who are already living in the U.S. illegally,” Megan Brenan wrote.
However, there is a partisan difference in sympathy, according to the report. More than half of Democrats (57%) are very sympathetic toward migrants at the U.S. border, compared with 36% of independents and 5% of Republicans. The report found that all three groups are less sympathetic toward immigrants who are illegally in the U.S., Democrats (75%), Independents (68%) and Republicans (48%).
The full report is available here. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.