A recent survey conducted by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, in partnership with the Los Angeles Times, reveals a stark divide among California Democrats on the issues of immigration and border security.
The poll indicates that while Republicans are largely unified in their belief that the U.S. borders are insecure, Democrats are split on the issue.
The survey found that 62% of registered voters in California believe the U.S. borders are not secure enough to prevent illegal entry. This sentiment is even stronger among likely voters and those who identify as conservative or support former President Trump.
However, among Democrats, liberals, and Biden supporters, opinions are more divided. For instance, 54% of strongly liberal voters believe the border is secure, while 30% disagree.
Immigration Likely to Be a Big Issue in Presidential, Congressional Races
The poll also revealed a split among Democrats on the impact of unauthorized immigrants on the country. While 42% of registered voters view migrants as a “major burden,” 30% consider them a “minor burden,” and 22% do not see them as a burden at all.
These findings could pose challenges for President Biden in the 2024 elections, particularly in states outside of California. The issue could also influence competitive congressional elections within the state, potentially benefiting Republican candidates who focus on immigration issues.
The poll also highlighted differing views on the nation’s asylum laws. While Republicans generally believe the laws are too lenient, Democrats are divided, with 17% saying the law is too lenient, 29% believing it’s about right, and 33% considering it too restrictive.
The survey was conducted online Jan. 4-8 among a random sample of 8,199 registered California voters, including a weighted sub-sample of 4,470 voters likely to participate in the March 5 primary.
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