A majority of the country, including 51 percent of Hispanics, back President Trump’s move to send troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to block the swelling caravan of Latin American migrantsfrom entering, according to a new survey.
Overall, 57 percent of likely voters agree with the Pentagon deployment, and the support is largest among the base of Republicans and older Americans that President Trump is rallying in his effort as he storms the nation to help the party retain control of the House and Senate elections in Tuesday’s congressional midterms.
The latest Zogby Analytics survey, provided to Secrets Friday morning, highlighted the Hispanic support, a pro-Trump trend that has appeared in several other surveys.
Said the analysis, “51 percent of Hispanic respondents agree with the deployment of troops to the border to halt the migrant caravan; slightly less than half (49 percent) disagree. Also, 30 percent of Hispanics strongly agree compared to 28 percent who strongly disagree.”
The national survey, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent, showed the typical partisan divide on the issue.
It also showed conflicting agreement with the policy among other demographics:
- Support for the military deployment to the border was pretty widespread demographically. Majorities of voters in the east, south, and central regions (56-62 percent agree/38-44 percent disagree) supported the deployment of troops.
- The only region where there was a majority who disagreed was in the West (51 percent disagree/49 percent agree).
- Majorities of likely voters in large cities (55 percent agreed/46 percent disagreed), small cities (67 percent disagree/34 percent agree), suburbs (56 percent disagree/44 percent agree), and rural communities (57 percent disagree/44 percent agree).
- Democrats were most likely to disagree (69 percent), but 31 percent of Democrats did agree with sending troops to the U.S. - Mexico border. Republicans overwhelmingly support (91 percent) sending the military to the border. Independents were also in support of sending the military (53 percent), while 47 percent disagreed.
- Men were much more supportive--43 percent strongly agreed, and 66 percent agreed overall (strongly and somewhat agree combined). Women were split 50/50 on the deployment of troops.
- Millennials age 18-29 were more likely to disagree with military deployment—57 percent disagree/43 percent agree. Older voters age 65+ were most likely to strongly agree (51 percent) and 69 percent agree overall, while 31 percent disagree.