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Do most voters want to avoid a shut down or border security?

The guys threatening to shut down Congress are the Freedom Caucus (30 far-right legislators) who are willing to play "chicken" unless our Gov among other things secures the border and stops allowing people caught sneaking in to stay in the US while awaiting trial.


The majority of the American public feels similarly about the border issue which may provide political cover for them to dig their heels in.



Most Voters Want Border Security in Budget Deal

Rasmussen Polling

Monday, September 25, 2023


Congress has until Saturday to enact a spending bill that would prevent a partial shutdown of the federal government. Forty percent (40%) of voters would rather have Congress avoid a partial government shutdown by authorizing government spending at a higher level. Forty-eight percent (48%) would prefer a partial government shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree to either cut spending or keep it at its current level, and 12% are not sure.


The survey of 1,020 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on September 19-21, 2023 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans, 24% of Democrats and 52% of voters not affiliated with either major party would prefer a partial government shutdown, while 62% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans and 35% of unaffiliated voters would rather avoid a shutdown by authorizing higher spending.


Eight percent (80%) of Republicans, 50% of Democrats and 61% of unaffiliated voters at least somewhat support including border security in the spending bill.


Men (51%) are more likely than women voters (45%) to prefer a government shutdown instead of higher spending. Majorities of both men (66%) and women voters (61%) at least somewhat support including border security in the spending bill.


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Whites (49%) are more likely than black voters (32%) or other minorities (38%) to Strongly Support including border security in the spending bill.


Seventy-eight percent (78%) of self-identified liberal voters would rather have Congress avoid a partial government shutdown by authorizing government spending at a higher level, while 71% of conservatives would prefer a government shutdown.


Among voters who Strongly Support including border security in the spending bill, 70% would prefer a government shutdown instead of higher spending.


Older voters are more likely to prefer a government shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree to either cut spending or keep it at its current level. Voters under 40 are least likely to Strongly Support including border security in the spending bill.


Breaking down the electorate by income categories, voters earning between $30,000 and $50,000 a year are most supportive of including border security in the spending bill.


President Joe Biden’s strongest supporters are most opposed to securing the U.S. border against illegal immigration as part of the spending negotiations. Among voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s job performance as president, 57% are opposed to including border security in the spending bill. By contrast, among voters who Strongly Disapprove of Biden’s performance, 71% Strong Support making border security part of the spending deal.


The impact of illegal immigration on local schools, health care and employment is far more negative than positive, according to American voters.


More than two-thirds of American voters are worried that their country is turning into a police state – a tyrannical government that engages in mass surveillance, censorship, ideological indoctrination, and targeting of political opponents.

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