As the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border continues to intensify, a new poll revealed a new round of bad news for President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies.
According to the Washington Examiner, the poll revealed that Democrats, including Biden, are taking a public relations hit over the lack of control of the growing crisis, which could have a devastating impact on the party, especially on Democratic candidates as they gear up for the 2022 midterm elections.
The numbers are in
In the poll, participants listed immigration as the third most important issue at the current time, with only COVID-19 and the U.S. economy ahead of it. However, 80% of participants listed immigration as either a “very serious” or “somewhat serious issue,” whereas only 20% said that it was “not too serious” or “not at all serious.”
The survey also found that 63% of participants indicated that it was their belief that the number of monthly border crossings by illegal immigrants has increased under President Biden. However, the survey also found that participants “significantly” underestimated the actual number of new illegal crossings that are taking place.
When informed about the reality of the situation, 64% of participants indicated that they want Biden to “issue new, stricter policies to reduce the flow of people across the border.”
Sixty-eight percent of participants said that Biden’s executive orders on immigration were only likely to “encourage” illegal immigration. Sixty-one percent of participants blamed the arrival of unaccompanied minor children on the president.
Adding to the bad news for Biden and Democrats in general, 55% indicated that Biden should have left former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies in place. Sixty-seven percent, for example, feel that people who illegally cross the southern U.S. border should be “turned back to Mexico,” as opposed to “released into the U.S. with a court date.”
On Vice President Kamala Harris
The survey also asked participants a number of questions about Vice President Kamala Harris, who has been tasked with leading the Biden administration’s investigation into the “root causes” of the immigration crisis.
Forty-four percent of respondents said that Harris was doing a “bad job,” 30% said she’s doing a “good job,” and 26% feel as though Harris is doing an “adequate job.”
Similarly, 40% said that Harris has made “no progress” in tackling the so-called “root causes” of the problem, 21% chose “meaningful progress,” 24% believe she’s made “some progress,” and 16% were “unsure/don’t know.” Fifty-six percent indicated that they believe climate change, racism, and sexism are not “root causes” of the immigration crisis, contrary to Harris’ repeated claims.
An overwhelming majority, 74% of participants, believe that Harris should have visited the southern U.S. border sooner than she did. Fifty-two percent said it was “not appropriate” that Harris and Biden failed to visit the southern border during their first five months in office.
It appears as if the immigration crisis unfolding at the southern U.S. border has quickly become a losing issue for the Democrats, and they shouldn’t be surprised if the issue comes back to haunt them during next year’s election.