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QU Poll: U.S. voters back Dem plan to reopen government 2-1

By Quinnipiac University Poll

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American voters support 63 – 30 percent a Democratic proposal to reopen parts of the government that do not involve border security while negotiating funding for the Wall, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Every party, gender, education, age and racial group supports this idea except Republicans, who are opposed 52 – 39 percent.

Voters oppose 63 – 32 percent shutting down the government to force funding for the Wall, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds. Again, Republicans are the only listed group supporting the shutdown, 67 – 24 percent.

The GOP is losing the battle as 56 percent of American voters say President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are responsible for the shutdown, while 36 percent say Democrats are responsible.

Voters remain solidly opposed to a wall on the Mexican border, 55 – 43 percent, and reject every argument for the Wall. The 55 – 43 percent opposition compares to 54 – 43 percent opposition in a December 18 survey, just before the partial government shutdown.

American voters are negative in every question about the wall, saying:
? 59 – 40 percent that it is not a good use of taxpayer dollars;
? 55 – 43 percent that the wall would not make the U.S. safer;
? 59 – 40 percent that the wall is not necessary to protect the border;
? 52 percent say the wall is against American values as 41 percent say the wall is consistent with American values.

There is a security crisis along the Mexican border, American voters say 54 – 43 percent, and voters say 68 – 26 percent there is a humanitarian crisis.

“‘Mr. President, it’s on you,’ voters say about the government shutdown, blaming President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans more than Democrats,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“And while they believe there is both a humanitarian and a security crisis along the southern border, they absolutely don’t think a wall will solve the problem,” Malloy added.

American voters support 61 – 32 percent a bill to fund new border security measures without funding the Wall. Republicans are the only listed group opposed to this idea, 57 – 36 percent.

President Trump’s TV address to the nation last week was “mostly misleading,” 49 percent of American voters say, while 32 percent say it was “mostly accurate.”

Voters are divided on the response by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as 38 percent found it “mostly accurate” and 39 percent found it “mostly misleading.”

American voters believed Pelosi/Schumer more than Trump 46 – 36 percent, including 48 – 33 percent among independent voters.

Only 2 percent of voters say the TV address changed their mind, while 89 percent say it did not change their mind about building the Wall.

“When it comes to the televised arguments for and against the need for a border wall, President Donald Trump flunks the fact meter, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer don’t fare much better,” Malloy said.

Voters disapprove 65 – 32 percent of President Trump using emergency executive powers to fund the Wall.

By a narrow 49 – 44 percent American voters trust Democrats in Congress more than Trump on the issue of border security.

Voters say 63 – 29 percent that undocumented immigrants are not more likely than American citizens to commit crimes.

American voters say 73 – 16 percent, including 57 – 28 percent among Republicans, that immigration is good for the country.

From January 9 – 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,209 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points, including the design effect.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts gold standard surveys using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts nationwide surveys and polls in more than a dozen states on national and statewide elections, as well as public policy issues.

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