Fox News Poll: Voters oppose paying $450,000 to families separated at the border
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The majority of registered electors Opposition to payments of up to $450,000 Government Thinking about compensating separated family members in southern border under the previous President Trump A “zero tolerance” policy for entry we Illegally.
That’s according to the latest Fox News poll released on Friday.
The Wall Street Journal first reported in late October that Department of JusticeAnd home securityHealth and Human Services is considering payments in response to lawsuits brought by civil rights Groups on behalf of about 5,500 parents and children who say they are traumatized by the separation, some of which has gone on for a long time.
As of this writing, no settlements have been made and details regarding the amount of potential payments are still being determined.
Nearly a third of voters would prefer a $450,000 (30 percent) payout.
But more than 6 in 10 oppose it, including 49% who oppose giving separated families any compensation at all and 12% who say it should be a lower amount.
While 54 percent of black voters support the plan, 66 percent of white voters either explicitly oppose the payments (55 percent) or oppose it but believe families should have at least some money (11 percent).
Hispanic voters were split: 48 percent support versus 44 percent oppose or fully oppose but are open to some compensation.
Democrats (52 percent) are five times more likely than Republicans (10 percent) to favor payments.
They are likely to oppose whatever amount of compensation they include Republicans (76 percent), white men without a college degree (63 percent), voters 65 and older (60 percent), and voters living in the South (53 percent) and suburbs (55 percent).
President Biden They apparently rejected the idea of government payments in early November saying, “It’s not going to happen.” He later recanted, “You lost your child. It’s gone – you deserve some kind of compensation, no matter the circumstances,” although he never suggested an exact amount.
Fifty-five percent feel that the Biden administration has not been strict enough in its treatment of illegal immigrants. More than a quarter of Democrats (27 percent) join a large majority of Republicans (84 percent) and half of Independents (50 percent) in agreeing that the administration should be tougher.
All of this makes immigration one of Biden’s worst problems: 31 percent agree versus 59 percent disagree — a 10-point drop from a high of 41 percent six months ago (June 2021). Approval among Democrats has fallen 15 points since June: 72 percent versus 57 percent today.
Of all voters, the president’s scores were low only in China (28 percent agree – 55 percent disagree) and Afghanistan (27-63 percent). It’s also mired in climate change (42-47 percent), uniting the country (36-56 percent), and the economy (36-58 percent). It’s doing better in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, almost breaking even (48 percent agree – 49 percent disagree).
Biden’s overall job rating is at a record low: 44 percent agree versus 54 percent disagree.
When asked to name the most important issue facing the country, voters placed immigration/border security fourth (8%). It comes on the heels of the economy (26%), coronavirus (17%), and inflation/supply chain (10%). The political divide (7 percent), Biden/bad leadership and climate change (6 percent each) follow closely.
Partisanship affects perceived problems. The economy tops the list of Republicans, followed by inflation and immigrationBorder security. Among Democrats, immigration barely makes it into the top 10, as they put the coronavirus first, followed by the economy and climate change.
The Fox News poll was conducted November 14-17, 2021 under the joint guidance of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R), and includes interviews with 1,003 registered voters across the country who were randomly selected from a national voter file and spoke directly with Interviews are on both landlines and cell phones. The aggregate sample has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.