Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #24550
 
1How serious a problem do you think unauthorized immigration is for the United States?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Serious Problem59%56%62%49%52%71%77%50%73%58%**62%56%83%47%53%85%56%34%62%66%51%56%60%63%52%63%70%
Minor Problem29%33%25%30%41%21%18%34%20%31%**27%27%14%38%31%13%33%50%21%23%38%28%27%31%34%27%15%
Not a Problem7%6%8%12%5%5%2%9%4%6%**7%10%1%9%10%1%6%13%7%7%7%9%7%5%7%8%3%
Not Sure5%5%6%9%2%3%3%6%3%5%**5%7%2%6%5%1%5%4%10%4%4%6%7%1%7%3%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
2Do you think unauthorized immigrants commit serious crimes like murder and rape at a higher rate than the population as a whole in the US? At a lower rate than the population as a whole? Or at the same rate as the population as a whole?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Higher Rate24%27%20%19%18%33%28%19%31%24%**25%21%50%10%19%54%16%7%25%24%22%21%19%32%19%28%19%
Lower Rate29%32%26%27%34%25%33%30%28%28%**33%27%10%46%31%10%37%47%31%22%36%28%28%31%30%31%18%
Same Rate33%27%39%39%37%21%30%38%24%38%**24%38%24%35%37%23%36%36%30%33%34%37%33%28%39%30%26%
Not Sure14%14%15%15%12%20%8%14%16%11%**18%14%16%10%12%13%11%10%15%20%8%14%20%9%12%12%38%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
3How closely have you been following news stories about the migrant caravan arriving in Tijuana with the intention of seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border in San Diego? Very closely? Somewhat closely? Not very closely? Or not at all closely?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Very37%40%34%26%36%49%45%30%48%36%**38%39%44%39%29%44%38%36%20%35%48%29%37%46%34%38%44%
Somewhat45%44%46%45%46%44%46%45%45%45%**49%39%47%45%47%48%44%47%53%46%40%43%47%45%41%51%34%
Not Very10%9%12%16%11%3%7%14%5%11%**9%14%7%9%12%5%10%11%17%9%8%14%11%6%13%7%16%
Not At All7%6%7%12%7%2%2%9%2%7%**4%7%3%5%11%2%8%7%7%8%5%11%4%3%10%4%5%
Not Sure1%1%1%3%0%1%0%1%1%1%**1%1%0%2%1%1%0%0%4%1%0%2%1%0%1%1%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
4During the weeks before the caravan arrived, President Trump portrayed the caravan as being like an invasion of criminals, while advocates portrayed the caravan as a group of people trying to assert a lawful right to seek asylum under international treaties. Who do you think was closer to the truth?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
President Trump25%30%20%20%23%33%28%21%31%24%**33%16%52%10%22%57%18%6%24%31%20%20%25%32%22%26%36%
Advocates35%31%40%38%39%32%29%38%31%37%**35%29%8%57%31%9%33%70%28%30%45%36%36%34%40%32%34%
Neither21%23%19%18%21%14%37%19%23%20%**17%29%16%20%25%12%32%10%25%16%23%22%17%23%16%27%7%
Both10%9%11%9%11%14%2%10%10%9%**9%10%11%9%10%9%11%10%12%12%5%9%13%6%12%7%13%
Not Sure9%8%11%14%7%8%3%11%6%9%**5%16%13%4%11%13%6%4%11%11%6%13%9%6%10%8%10%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
5International treaties allow migrants to seek asylum in the US if they have a specific and credible fear that they will come to harm in their home country. Based on what you know, how many of the migrants in the caravan fit that criteria?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Almost All20%16%25%22%19%24%11%21%19%20%**25%9%13%30%19%15%17%40%15%20%23%20%16%25%21%21%16%
Some41%44%39%42%42%29%58%42%40%40%**39%46%40%43%43%36%47%42%47%35%45%39%46%39%44%43%25%
Very Few, If Any28%33%24%21%25%43%28%23%37%28%**27%36%42%20%25%44%26%13%21%32%28%27%27%32%23%28%53%
Not Sure10%7%13%14%14%4%4%14%4%12%**8%8%6%7%13%5%10%6%16%12%4%14%11%5%12%9%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
6How significant a threat do you think the caravan poses to the U.S.?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Major Threat29%28%29%21%24%36%43%22%39%28%**31%27%58%13%23%57%22%10%27%31%27%29%27%30%29%28%32%
Minor Threat42%42%42%41%44%42%41%42%41%36%**48%45%33%43%49%34%48%43%48%41%39%39%44%43%39%43%49%
No Threat23%23%24%27%26%21%14%27%18%29%**17%22%4%38%25%5%27%43%15%21%30%23%25%23%25%24%13%
Not Sure6%6%6%11%5%1%3%9%2%8%**4%6%5%6%3%3%3%4%10%6%4%9%4%4%8%5%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
7President Trump deployed the military to defend the US from the caravan. Do you support or oppose that decision?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Support50%56%43%39%47%54%72%42%61%47%**54%49%79%29%51%82%45%30%54%55%42%48%48%53%45%52%55%
Oppose34%30%39%38%40%29%24%39%27%38%**26%38%10%59%34%8%42%60%26%26%48%35%30%38%36%36%14%
Not Sure16%14%18%23%14%17%3%19%12%14%**20%13%11%12%15%9%13%11%20%19%11%17%22%9%19%11%30%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
8What should the US do about the caravan members taking shelter in Tijuana?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Not Let Any In16%15%16%11%17%22%13%14%19%13%**18%22%31%6%13%32%14%5%13%18%14%12%13%23%11%18%20%
Those Who Qualify For Asylum Following Normal Process43%44%41%36%49%39%55%41%45%42%**43%46%46%40%42%46%43%39%43%45%40%45%43%40%40%42%57%
Those Who Qualify For Asylum With Expedited Processing32%33%32%36%28%35%27%33%32%36%**32%24%19%45%35%16%39%47%29%28%38%29%35%34%36%33%10%
Let In Everyone3%3%4%6%2%2%2%4%2%4%**2%3%0%6%2%1%2%7%6%3%3%7%1%1%6%1%5%
Not Sure6%6%6%10%5%2%4%8%3%5%**6%5%4%3%9%6%2%3%9%5%5%7%8%2%7%5%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
9Do you support or oppose building a wall along the Mexican border?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Support39%39%39%28%35%52%50%31%51%41%**38%34%75%15%35%77%31%12%32%47%34%34%40%43%36%38%57%
Oppose48%48%48%55%52%40%39%54%39%47%**47%54%16%73%50%17%55%78%46%39%58%55%40%49%53%47%34%
Not Sure13%13%13%17%13%8%12%15%9%12%**15%12%9%12%15%5%15%10%22%14%8%11%20%7%11%16%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
10Did the arrival of the caravan in Tijuana make you more or less likely to support building a border wall? Or did it make no difference either way??
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
More Likely To Support32%37%28%27%29%41%36%28%39%33%**32%34%63%15%29%66%25%14%30%35%30%29%29%40%29%34%40%
Less Likely To Support11%12%11%16%12%8%7%14%8%8%**13%14%5%17%12%7%12%11%17%8%12%18%8%8%13%12%3%
No Impact Either Way53%48%58%49%56%50%57%52%53%55%**53%46%29%66%56%23%62%71%47%53%55%47%60%51%54%52%50%
Not Sure4%3%4%8%3%0%0%6%0%3%**2%6%3%2%3%4%1%4%6%3%3%5%4%2%4%3%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
11How concerned are you about the arrival of the caravan in terms of its impact on tourism, traffic, and cross-border commerce? Very concerned? Somewhat concerned? Not very concerned? Or not at all concerned?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Very29%28%31%18%27%35%52%22%41%23%**40%27%50%23%23%52%29%15%39%29%25%27%33%29%29%31%25%
Somewhat30%30%30%33%27%35%23%30%30%30%**29%32%34%25%28%29%32%23%21%35%30%27%34%29%27%30%46%
Not Very20%21%20%24%28%13%10%26%12%25%**15%16%10%25%26%9%21%32%18%19%23%22%15%25%26%17%15%
Not At All15%16%14%16%14%17%12%15%15%15%**12%20%2%23%17%5%16%25%14%11%19%17%12%16%12%18%8%
Not Sure5%5%5%9%5%1%3%7%2%7%**2%5%4%3%5%5%1%5%8%6%3%7%7%2%6%5%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
12Has the caravan made you more or less sympathetic to the plight of migrants? Or did it make no difference either way??
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
More Sympathetic25%19%31%30%27%20%17%29%19%24%**25%31%11%40%25%14%27%41%14%21%34%27%25%22%32%20%19%
Less Sympathetic23%25%21%18%19%29%30%19%30%21%**23%29%39%16%19%44%19%12%18%27%21%19%21%29%19%26%22%
Made No Difference44%49%39%41%47%46%41%44%44%49%**41%32%43%36%50%40%44%43%49%43%42%44%41%48%39%46%53%
Not Sure8%8%9%11%7%5%12%9%7%6%**11%9%8%8%5%2%10%3%19%9%2%10%13%1%9%8%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
13Is the caravan something you have discussed or debated with friends?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Yes56%55%56%55%56%61%47%56%56%58%**58%46%60%54%55%61%55%61%40%55%64%46%61%61%51%58%65%
No41%41%40%38%40%39%52%39%44%38%**41%49%37%43%44%36%45%35%54%41%34%48%36%38%45%39%30%
Not Sure4%4%4%7%4%1%1%5%1%4%**2%5%2%3%2%3%0%4%7%4%2%6%3%1%4%3%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
14Have you given food, money or goods to help with the caravan?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Yes6%4%7%10%7%2%1%9%2%4%**9%4%4%6%8%6%6%7%5%7%6%7%7%4%8%4%9%
No92%94%90%85%91%98%99%88%98%93%**90%92%96%91%90%93%93%91%91%92%93%89%92%95%90%94%86%
Not Sure2%2%3%5%2%0%0%4%0%2%**1%4%1%3%2%1%1%2%4%2%1%4%1%1%2%2%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
15Should the U.S. send aid to Mexico to help the migrants?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Yes39%41%38%51%39%34%22%46%29%34%**44%43%21%55%40%25%42%53%44%36%40%50%35%32%45%35%38%
No37%41%34%27%39%49%41%32%46%46%**30%32%62%24%34%60%36%24%26%42%39%28%36%50%37%39%29%
Not Sure23%19%28%23%22%17%38%22%25%21%**26%25%16%21%26%14%23%23%30%22%21%22%29%18%18%26%32%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
16While they wait for US action, should Mexico shelter the migrants or expel them to their home countries?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeUrbanicity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Shelter The Migrants45%41%48%52%48%42%26%50%36%47%**42%41%26%61%43%27%45%65%36%43%50%49%43%41%47%43%44%
Expel Them To Home Countries29%31%28%20%30%38%35%24%37%29%**30%31%50%15%30%50%29%19%22%33%30%21%28%41%27%32%29%
Not Sure26%28%25%28%22%20%38%26%27%24%**28%28%24%24%27%24%27%16%42%24%20%30%29%18%26%26%28%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%26%24%15%61%39%47%5%33%15%27%34%29%26%35%23%20%41%38%36%34%30%40%51%9%
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.