The Public Believes There’s a Border Emergency

Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach in San Diego during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

A new Hill-HarrisX poll released Wednesday finds that “54 percent of those polled said they think the situation at the border is an emergency, compared to 46 percent who do not.” Of course there is a partisan divide. The vast majority of Republicans, 75 percent, said there is an emergency at the border, while an even larger majority of Democrats, 82 percent, said there is not . Independents were evenly divided with 49 percent said there is an emergency and 51 percent saying there is not.

Those polled opposed President Donald J. Trump’s February 15, 2019 “Presidential Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States,” 59 percent to 41 percent.

The Trump-haters in the House are expected to bring a resolution of disapproval of President Trump’s Emergency Declaration to a vote in the House and some think it will even pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. It is unlikely to survive a Trump veto.

The poll of registered voters was conducted Feb. 17-18 and it has 3.1  percent margin of error.