Thursday, August 25, 2016
Americans Are Not As Anti-Immigrant As Trump Thinks
Donald Trump has based a large part of his presidential campaign on an anti-immigrant stance. He seems to be convinced that most Americans are angry or scared at immigrants, or that with his fear tactics he can convince them to be angry or scared. It is simply not true, and his efforts are not succeeding.
The chart above is from a recent Gallup Poll -- done between June 7th and July 1st of a random national sample of 3,270 adults, with a margin of error of 3 points.
It turns out that only 38% of Americans want to see immigration decreased. That's not even close to a majority. About 59% would oppose decreasing immigration -- with 38% wanting to keep it at the current level and 21% wanting to increase it.
Trump needs to find another issue, because this one's not a winner.