In a seminal shift in American public sentiment, the majority of U.S. voters are now supporting the construction of a border wall separating the United States and Mexico, according to a recent Fox News poll. Conducted between the 6th and 9th of October 2023, the poll revealed that 57% of registered voters backed the conception of the border wall, a leap of 18 points from the preceding poll in February. These percentages exceed the highest recorded agreement recorded in May 2010 when 53% of voters favored the divide. A majority stake in border security has rooted itself firmly in the collective conscience of the American populace.
FOX NEWS POLL: A record number of voters favor building a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Do you Support or Oppose building a wall along U.S. Mexico border?
Support 57% [+18]
Oppose 40% [-11]
[Change vs Sept. 2018]
IND: 53/38… pic.twitter.com/5u363uuikH
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) October 11, 2023
In the course of the poll, Fox News surveyed 1,007 registered voters nationwide. Nearly half of these respondents characterized the situation as an “emergency,” marking a significant 21-point surge from 2019 figures. The demographics most perturbed by the circumstances are black voters (+27), independents (+26), Democrats (+24), Hispanic voters (+23), and men (+20). Adding to this, support for the border wall demonstrated an upward spur amongst Black and Hispanic voters, recording 19 and 14 points respectively, coupled with a nine-point growth among women and registered Democrats.
Broaching the matter of satisfaction with existing border security, the overwhelming majority of Republicans (90%), a significant fraction of independents (80%), and approximately half the Democrats voiced their discontent and deemed it inadequate. Such sentiment was relayed by Republican Daron Shaw, who co-collaborates with Democrat Chris Anderson on developing Fox News polls. He expressed, “The images we’ve seen from the Rio Grande River in recent weeks are compelling. Border security is clearly a problem for the Biden administration…”
Marquette Poll: Who would handle the following issues better?
Trump 52% (+24)
Trump 52% (+24)
Trump 50% (+23)
Trump 49% (+19)
Trump 43% (+5)
Biden 38%… pic.twitter.com/JFH3o4FMJB
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) October 5, 2023
However, the discussion extends beyond border security into systemic flaws in American immigration policy. An impressive 73% of Democrats and independents, along with 65% of Republicans, concur that the U.S. immigration system “has been broken for decades.”
The situation is further complicated by troubling poll numbers for incumbent Democrat President Joe Biden whose ratings on “Border Security” stand at a dismal 28%. This, combined with deteriorating circumstances at the U.S.- Mexico border and the painstaking process of reinstating construction of the wall, pose potent threats to Democrats. As border cities and Democrat-run ‘Sanctuary Cities’ across the nation continue grappling with the manufactured crisis, Democrats risk ceding more ground to Republican opponents while losing support among Black and Hispanic voters.
Ep. 30 What's happening at the southern border isn’t just an invasion, but a crime. The politicians and NGOs responsible for it are criminals, who should be punished accordingly. pic.twitter.com/cbkTSUyogC
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 12, 2023
To summarize, an erosion of support for Democrats may be collectively tied to an increasing alienation of the electorate as the crisis along the southern border persists unabated. The affirmation of the notion posed by Fox News host Tucker Carlson on his Tucker on X show stands as a stark reflection of the shifting mindset towards border security: “What’s happening at the southern border isn’t just an invasion, but a crime. The politicians and NGOs responsible for it are criminals, who should be punished accordingly.” This stern statement underscores the growing recognition of national sovereignty on the American political landscape. It proves that the conversation around border security has found its place in the public domain, and it is one that demands decisive actions instead of mere rhetoric.