Americans are increasingly bullish on a border wall but are souring on the government showdown, according to two new polls out Sunday from CNN and the Washington Post.
The Washington Post reports that Americans are almost evenly split on whether they support a solid wall along the United States’ southern border, up from the beginning of the immigration battle between Democrats and Republicans in Congress. That level of support is up ten points from a similar poll taken in January of 2017.
But if President Donald Trump is making his case that his signature anti-illegal immigration measure is urgently needed, he’s not convincing Americans that a government shutdown is the way to get the wall built.
CNN found that “[t]he public generally is more apt to blame the President, with 55% saying he is more responsible for the shutdown than are Democrats in Congress, while 32% say the blame rests mostly with the Democrats. Another 9% say both are responsible.”
In the Washington Post poll, Trump fared only two points better; 53% of respondents blamed Trump and Republicans for the seemingly endless government shutdown, while 29% said the Democrats are making the situation worse.
WaPo poll pretty gruesome for Trump…BUT support for The Wall has increased to 46% among RVs, & nearly half of wall *opponents* believe Dems should compromise to help end the partial shutdown. Best play for cornered GOP right now is to heavily emphasize need for compromise: pic.twitter.com/2q76M7nFHp
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) January 13, 2019
(Read more from “Americans Want the Wall… but Still Blame Trump” HERE)