New NPR/PBS NewHour/Marist Poll: Americans Want Trump To Compromise On Border Wall Most Americans want President Trump to compromise on a border wall to prevent gridlock, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll
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New NPR/PBS NewHour/Marist Poll: Americans Want Trump To Compromise On Border Wall

More Americans would prefer that President Trump compromise on funding for his border wall rather than risk a government shutdown, a new poll finds. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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More Americans would prefer that President Trump compromise on funding for his border wall rather than risk a government shutdown, a new poll finds.

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Many Do Not Consider Wall Top Priority for Next Congress

As President Trump threatens to shut the government down if Congress does not approve funding for a southern border wall, most (57%) Americans think he should compromise to prevent gridlock, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll. Furthermore, nearly seven in ten (69%) of Americans do not consider building a border wall between the United States and Mexico to be an immediate priority for the next Congress.

"The wall is polarized in terms of partisanship," said Barbara Carvalho, director of The Marist Poll at the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the survey. "It's an important issue for the president's base; it is something that is not a particular interest or priority for Democrats and independents in the country, but what they all agree on is they don't want to see gridlock, and they don't want to see a government shutdown."

Read more analysis of the poll from NPR: www.npr.org/675334306

Read the full results here: http://maristpoll.marist.edu/?page_id=43529


Key Findings:

  • 57% of Americans think President Donald Trump should compromise on the border wall to prevent a government shutdown; 36% of Americans do not think the president should compromise even if it means a government shutdown; and 8% are unsure.
  • 65% of Republicans do not think Trump should compromise on the issue. Democrats (71%) and independents (63%) favor negotiating to avoid a shutdown.
  • 69% of Americans do not consider building a border wall between the United States and Mexico to be an immediate priority for the next Congress. This includes half of Americans who do not consider building the wall to be a priority at all and 19% who consider the wall a priority but not an immediate one. 28% think it is an immediate priority for Congress.
  • 74% of Democrats say the border wall is not a priority at all while 63% of Republicans say it is a top one. 51% of independents do not perceive the border wall to be a priority at all.
  • 44% approve of President Trump's handling of immigration policy, 52% disapprove, 4% are unsure.
  • 91% of Republicans approve of how the president is handling immigration. Most Democrats (85%) and a majority of independents (54%) disapprove.
  • 53% of Americans approve of how Trump is handling the protection of U.S. borders, including 92% of Republicans and 26% of Democrats.
  • 43% disapprove of how Trump is handling the protection of U.S. borders, including 71% of Democrats. 49% of Independents approve to 47% disapprove.
  • 55% of Americans disapprove of how the president is dealing with undocumented immigrants already in this country.
  • 54% of Americans disapprove of how Trump is handling the reuniting of immigrant children separated from their parents at the border.
  • 48% (a plurality) disapprove of how Trump is handling the migrant caravan.

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