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Rasmussen Survey: Americans Say Texans Should Stand Their Ground In Border Battle

A recent Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 69% of Likely U.S. Voters support Texas erecting barriers at the border to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing, including 53% who Strongly Support the action. Only 27% oppose Texas taking action to prevent illegal immigration, including 15% who Strongly Oppose the state’s action.

 

After the Supreme Court sided with the Biden administration against Texas, Louisiana

Republican Rep. Clay Higgins said: "The feds are staging a civil war, and Texas should stand their ground." Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters agree with that quote, including 37% who Strongly Agree. Thirty-six percent (36%) disagree with the “civil war” statement, including 26% who Strongly Disagree.

 

The survey of 940 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on January 23-25, 2024 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.

 

In a 5-4 decision last week, the Supreme Court issued a stay allowing Biden administration agents to open Texas’s border barrier, blocking an appeals court ruling that favored Texas. While 46% of voters approve of the Supreme Court ruling in the case, including 28% who Strongly Approve, 49% disapprove of the Supreme Court’s decision, including 36% who Strongly Disapprove.

 

Seventy-three percent (73%) of Democrats approve of the Supreme Court’s ruling, but only 24% of Republicans and 40% of voters not affiliated with either major party share that opinion. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans and 54% of unaffiliated voters disapprove, as do 21% of Democrats.

 

Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Republicans, 52% of Democrats and 66% of unaffiliated voters support Texas erecting barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing.

 

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans, 39% of Democrats and 48% of unaffiliated voters agree with the quote from Higgins: "The feds are staging a civil war, and Texas should stand their ground."

 

Men are more likely than women voters to side with Texas in the border dispute. Seventy-six percent (76%) of men support Texas erecting border barriers, compared to 63% of women voters. And 60% of men agree with the “civil war” quote from Higgins, compared to 49% of women voters who agree.

 

Majorities of every racial category – 70% of whites, 51% of black voters and 75% of other minorities – at least somewhat support Texas erecting barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing.

 

Voters under 40 are more likely than their elders to approve of the Supreme Court’s decision allowing the Biden administration to remove the border barriers that Texas installed.

 

Breaking down the electorate by income categories, voters earning between $30,000 and $50,000 a year are most likely to disapprove of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Texas case.



  • Texas

  • Governor Gregg Abbott

  • Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford

  • Border deal

  • Chuck Schumer

  • Invasion declaration

  • Biden administration

  • Supreme Court

  • Eagle Pass Texas

  • razor wire fencing

  • border patrol agents

  • Rep. Chip Roy

  • nullification

  • U.S. Constitution

  • Article IV, Section 4

  • Texas Constitution

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