Nearly 70% of Americans Want Stricter Border Policies: Harvard-Harris Poll

Originally published May 22, 2023 11:30 am PDT

A recently released survey by Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll finds that Americans are deeply concerned about the state of the U.S. Southern Border.

The poll surveyed 2,004 registered voters from May 17-18, 2023.

It found that 68% of Americans, regardless of party affiliation, want stricter border policies.

Along with that 68% of Americans, 73% of swing-voting independents, told the pollsters they want stricter border policies.

The fact that members of both parties want the country to take a tougher stance against immigration is significant because Democrats generally support more lenient border policies, while Republicans generally support stricter ones.

This means that the country is fairly united in its desire for a more protected border.

The survey also found that 58% of all voters believe the Biden administration’s policies have made the Southern Border more open, while only 37% believe that the administration is enforcing immigration laws.

Democrats were much more likely than Republicans to say that the Biden administration is enforcing immigration laws (67% vs. 13%).

Most Independents believe Biden’s administration is making the border more open (58%).

Moreover, only 27% of voters approve of the job President Biden is doing on immigration, while 59% disapprove.

This is the lowest approval rating for any president on immigration at this point in their term since Harry Truman in 1952.