Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #23844
 
California Wants Local Officials to Allow 'ICE' to Take Violent Criminals into Custody, But What About
When Target Is Accused of a Lesser Offense? Voters Statewide Divided on Whether to Help or Hinder Feds:


California voters statewide are divided on whether local officials should work to help federal ICE agents, work to stop ICE agents, or stay out of ICE's way when ICE is going after those accused of minor offenses, according to fresh SurveyUSA research conducted exclusively for KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KGTV-TV San Diego and KFSN-TV Fresno.

When ICE is about to take immigrants into custody who are accused of violent crimes, a majority statewide (54%) say that local officials should work to help ICE (the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency). Just 11% say local California officials should try to stop ICE in such circumstances, though 24% say local officials should stay out of the way.

Voters are much more divided when ICE is trying to arrest immigrants of non-violent crimes. 29% say local officials should help ICE (Republicans 4 times as likely as Democrats to say so), 25% say local officials should try to stop ICE (liberals 4 times as likely as conservatives to say so), and 34% say local officials should stay out of the way. Similar divisions occur when ICE is going after immigrants accused of immigration violations only.

In the context of vocal local opposition to the Trump administration's policies on immigration, and shortly after President Trump came to California to inspect prototypes of different walls that might be built along the Mexican border, SurveyUSA asked voters how they would characterize the need to erect a physical barrier:

* 11% say it's one of the nation's top priorities.
* 14% say it's a high priority.
* 14% say it's a priority.
* 19% say it's not a priority.
* 40% say it's a distraction.

Separately, voters by 5:1 are opposed today to a section of Northern California cleaving off from the rest of the state, becoming America's 51st state, and taking the name of Jefferson. Republicans, conservatives, men and young people are slightly more likely to favor cutting the state in half, but majorities across the demographic spectrum oppose the publicized plan.

About: SurveyUSA interviewed 882 registered voters 03/22/18 through 03/25/18. A larger group, 1,100 adults, were asked questions about whether California should secede from the union and whether a section of Northern California should split off and become the state of Jefferson.
 
1Should officials in California who become aware that Immigration Customs and Enforcement agents are about to take immigrants into custody actively work to help ICE do so ... actively work to stop ICE from doing do ... or stay out of the way...in each of the following situations? When ICE arrests immigrants accused of violent crimes?
882 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeParent Of Child UrbanicitySuburbanRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 3.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoUrbanSuburbanRuralMenWomenCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Work To Help ICE54%60%49%44%49%61%68%47%64%60%39%47%57%74%40%58%77%58%31%47%55%57%48%57%57%52%55%51%56%59%60%52%57%51%57%56%
Work To Stop ICE11%13%9%23%8%8%3%15%6%8%9%18%8%5%16%9%3%9%22%11%13%9%14%11%8%10%12%13%10%10%11%10%15%11%11%8%
Stay Out Of The Way24%18%30%21%30%22%22%26%22%23%29%26%22%16%31%21%14%27%28%26%23%25%24%22%26%27%23%26%24%19%19%29%22%28%22%20%
Not Sure10%10%11%12%13%9%6%13%8%8%23%9%14%5%13%12%7%5%18%16%9%9%13%10%8%12%10%11%9%13%9%9%6%10%10%16%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%50%50%26%28%29%18%53%47%48%6%30%16%29%41%27%24%47%23%16%40%44%30%37%33%28%71%38%52%11%27%25%20%39%20%21%
 
2When ICE arrests immigrants accused of minor non-violent crimes?
882 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeParent Of Child UrbanicitySuburbanRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 3.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoUrbanSuburbanRuralMenWomenCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Work To Help ICE29%35%23%20%31%34%32%26%33%35%22%23%25%48%12%34%52%29%9%27%32%27%29%30%28%26%30%26%30%38%35%24%36%26%31%25%
Work To Stop ICE25%27%24%43%25%17%14%34%16%22%28%31%22%13%37%20%11%23%43%18%26%27%26%26%23%30%23%29%24%18%26%21%23%25%24%28%
Stay Out Of The Way34%28%40%24%32%39%43%28%40%31%32%37%35%30%39%31%28%39%31%38%31%35%28%33%41%33%34%33%36%30%31%41%34%38%31%28%
Not Sure12%10%14%13%12%10%12%13%11%11%18%8%18%8%12%15%8%9%17%17%10%11%16%10%9%10%12%12%11%13%9%14%6%11%13%18%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%50%50%26%28%29%18%53%47%48%6%30%16%29%41%27%24%47%23%16%40%44%30%37%33%28%71%38%52%11%27%25%20%39%20%21%
 
3When ICE arrests immigrants accused of only immigration violations?
882 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeParent Of Child UrbanicitySuburbanRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 3.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoUrbanSuburbanRuralMenWomenCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Work To Help ICE27%31%23%24%29%30%26%26%28%30%31%22%27%50%12%27%53%24%10%25%30%26%28%27%26%25%28%25%27%33%30%24%32%28%28%21%
Work To Stop ICE28%29%26%44%23%22%22%33%22%25%23%35%23%11%41%25%11%27%48%21%30%28%29%28%26%31%27%29%26%29%29%23%29%28%25%29%
Stay Out Of The Way33%28%38%19%37%35%44%28%38%34%29%33%30%32%34%32%30%39%26%37%30%34%26%35%37%33%33%32%35%29%29%42%32%33%35%33%
Not Sure12%12%12%13%11%14%9%12%12%10%16%10%20%7%13%15%6%10%16%18%10%12%16%10%10%11%12%14%11%8%12%11%7%11%12%17%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%50%50%26%28%29%18%53%47%48%6%30%16%29%41%27%24%47%23%16%40%44%30%37%33%28%71%38%52%11%27%25%20%39%20%21%
 
4President Trump came to California to look at prototypes of the kind of border walls that Trump wants to erect between the United States and Mexico. Is building a wall between the United States and Mexico ...
882 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeParent Of Child UrbanicitySuburbanRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 3.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoUrbanSuburbanRuralMenWomenCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
One Of The Nation's Highest Priorities11%10%12%9%9%13%13%9%13%13%11%10%8%24%5%7%25%7%7%17%10%9%11%13%9%14%10%15%8%10%7%10%13%14%7%7%
A High Priority14%16%12%15%12%14%16%13%15%15%4%15%13%23%8%15%22%15%4%12%17%13%14%14%15%14%14%17%13%7%17%10%16%10%19%14%
A Priority14%14%13%12%12%16%15%12%15%14%14%15%10%24%5%15%25%13%3%14%14%14%12%17%11%13%14%10%15%18%14%16%14%12%20%10%
Not a Priority19%17%21%18%21%20%14%20%18%18%23%16%28%13%23%19%10%22%18%23%19%17%20%20%17%16%20%20%18%20%19%18%19%22%16%16%
A Distraction40%40%40%42%42%34%41%42%37%38%42%43%37%16%57%42%16%40%67%30%37%45%40%34%46%40%40%36%42%41%40%45%35%38%37%49%
Not Sure3%3%2%4%3%2%1%3%2%2%6%2%5%1%2%3%2%2%1%4%3%2%3%2%2%4%2%2%3%3%3%3%3%3%1%3%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%50%50%26%28%29%18%53%47%48%6%30%16%29%41%27%24%47%23%16%40%44%30%37%33%28%71%38%52%11%27%25%20%39%20%21%
 
5Should California secede from the United States and become its own country? Or, should California remain a state in the union?
1100 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeParent Of Child UrbanicitySuburbanRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoUrbanSuburbanRuralMenWomenCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Secede14%16%13%19%18%11%4%18%9%13%14%19%10%12%16%15%11%15%20%16%12%16%12%17%14%22%11%20%10%14%11%9%14%14%11%18%
Remain73%74%71%64%70%78%87%67%81%76%62%68%78%81%73%72%84%76%68%65%77%73%72%71%77%63%78%69%76%70%79%73%74%72%78%67%
Not Sure13%10%16%17%13%11%9%15%10%12%24%13%12%6%11%13%6%8%12%19%11%11%16%13%9%14%11%10%14%16%10%18%12%13%11%15%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%28%26%16%58%42%45%6%33%17%25%37%28%22%43%22%21%39%40%35%35%29%29%70%36%50%14%25%25%21%38%20%21%
 
6Whether or not California should secede from the United States, should the Northern, rural part of California secede from the state of California and become its own state, with the proposed name of Jefferson? Or should the northern, rural part of California remain part of California?
1100 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeParent Of Child UrbanicitySuburbanRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 3.1 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KYesNoUrbanSuburbanRuralMenWomenCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Northern Part Should Secede15%19%11%20%15%12%9%17%11%16%8%15%12%21%8%18%22%15%8%12%16%14%13%16%14%19%13%15%12%21%16%8%19%11%16%14%
Remain Part Of California72%71%74%65%72%78%77%68%78%73%72%71%72%72%81%69%68%77%79%65%73%75%69%74%75%70%74%73%75%62%73%77%71%77%70%68%
Not Sure13%11%16%16%13%10%14%14%11%10%20%14%16%7%12%14%9%8%12%23%11%11%19%10%11%11%13%12%13%17%11%15%10%12%14%18%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%28%26%16%58%42%45%6%33%17%25%37%28%22%43%22%21%39%40%35%35%29%29%70%36%50%14%25%25%21%38%20%21%