January 14, 2019 - U.S. Voters Back Dem Plan To Reopen Government 2-1, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More U.S. Voters Say Trump TV Address Was Misleading Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters support 63 - 30 percent a Democratic proposal to reopen parts of the government that do not involve border security while negotiating funding for the Wall, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Every party, gender, education, age and racial group supports this idea except Republicans, who are opposed 52 - 39 percent.

Voters oppose 63 - 32 percent shutting down the government to force funding for the Wall, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds. Again, Republicans are the only listed group supporting the shutdown, 67 - 24 percent.

The GOP is losing the battle as 56 percent of American voters say President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are responsible for the shutdown, while 36 percent say Democrats are responsible.

Voters remain solidly opposed to a wall on the Mexican border, 55 - 43 percent, and reject every argument for the Wall. The 55 - 43 percent opposition compares to 54 - 43 percent opposition in a December 18 survey, just before the partial government shutdown.

American voters are negative in every question about the wall, saying:
  • 59 - 40 percent that it is not a good use of taxpayer dollars;
  • 55 - 43 percent that the wall would not make the U.S. safer;
  • 59 - 40 percent that the wall is not necessary to protect the border;
  • 52 percent say the wall is against American values as 41 percent say the wall is consistent with American values.
There is a security crisis along the Mexican border, American voters say 54 - 43 percent, and voters say 68 - 26 percent there is a humanitarian crisis.

"'Mr. President, it's on you,' voters say about the government shutdown, blaming President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans more than Democrats," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"And while they believe there is both a humanitarian and a security crisis along the southern border, they absolutely don't think a wall will solve the problem," Malloy added.

American voters support 61 - 32 percent a bill to fund new border security measures without funding the Wall. Republicans are the only listed group opposed to this idea, 57 - 36 percent.

President Trump's TV address to the nation last week was "mostly misleading," 49 percent of American voters say, while 32 percent say it was "mostly accurate."

Voters are divided on the response by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as 38 percent found it "mostly accurate" and 39 percent found it "mostly misleading."

American voters believed Pelosi/Schumer more than Trump 46 - 36 percent, including 48 - 33 percent among independent voters.

Only 2 percent of voters say the TV address changed their mind, while 89 percent say it did not change their mind about building the Wall.

"When it comes to the televised arguments for and against the need for a border wall, President Donald Trump flunks the fact meter, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer don't fare much better," Malloy said.

Voters disapprove 65 - 32 percent of President Trump using emergency executive powers to fund the Wall.

By a narrow 49 - 44 percent American voters trust Democrats in Congress more than Trump on the issue of border security.

Voters say 63 - 29 percent that undocumented immigrants are not more likely than American citizens to commit crimes.

American voters say 73 - 16 percent, including 57 - 28 percent among Republicans, that immigration is good for the country.

From January 9 - 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,209 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points, including the design effect.

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22. Overall, do you believe that immigration is good for the country or bad for the country?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Good                 73%    57%    83%    76%    76%    70%    78%    66%
Bad                  16     28      9     13     14     17     14     21
DK/NA                12     15      9     11     10     13      8     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good                 74%    80%    74%    65%    77%    68%    72%    74%    76%
Bad                  12     11     18     19     14     20     17      9     15
DK/NA                14     10      8     15     10     12     11     16     10
 
 
23. Who do you trust more on the issue of border security: President Trump or the Democrats in Congress?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
President Trump      44%    90%     6%    42%    52%    38%    46%    58%
Dems in Congress     49      7     91     47     40     57     46     37
DK/NA                 7      4      3     11      8      6      9      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
President Trump      35%    36%    54%    46%    59%    46%    52%    13%    32%
Dems in Congress     59     54     41     48     34     48     41     78     63
DK/NA                 6     11      5      6      7      6      7      9      5
 
 
24. In general, do you think undocumented immigrants are more likely to commit crimes than American citizens, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/More likely      29%    60%     5%    24%    34%    24%    27%    39%
No                   63     28     92     65     57     67     65     49
DK/NA                 9     12      3     10      9      8      8     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/More likely      26%    21%    36%    29%    39%    28%    33%     8%    21%
No                   66     74     56     59     51     63     57     87     71
DK/NA                 8      6      8     12     10      9     10      5      8
 
TREND: In general, do you think undocumented immigrants are more likely to commit crimes than American citizens, or don't you think so?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Jan 14, 2019         29      63       9
Nov 21, 2018         26      65       9
Jul 03, 2018         25      69       6
Apr 11, 2018         22      71       8
 
 
25. Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in the United States?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              56%    24%    85%    56%    45%    65%    59%    44%
Oppose               40     72     13     39     51     31     39     50
DK/NA                 4      4      2      5      4      4      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              58%    58%    51%    58%    41%    60%    51%    74%    65%
Oppose               38     38     45     37     56     35     44     22     32
DK/NA                 3      4      4      5      4      6      5      4      3
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in the United States?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Jan 14, 2019         56      40       4
Nov 21, 2018         58      36       6
Apr 11, 2018         56      39       4
Mar 06, 2018         63      32       5
Feb 20, 2018         66      31       4 
Dec 20, 2017         59      36       5
Nov 15, 2017         60      36       3
Oct 12, 2017         60      36       3
Jun 28, 2017         54      42       4
Jun 30, 2016         54      42       4
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26. Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              92%    89%    95%    94%    88%    96%    94%    93%
Oppose                6      9      5      5     10      3      5      6
DK/NA                 1      2      -      1      2      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              90%    92%    93%    95%    91%    95%    93%    93%    90%
Oppose                9      8      6      3      8      3      6      6     10
DK/NA                 2      1      1      1      -      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Jan 14, 2019         92       6       1
Feb 20, 2018         97       2       1 
Dec 20, 2017         95       4       1
Nov 15, 2017         95       4       1
Oct 12, 2017         94       5       1
Jun 28, 2017         94       5       -
Jun 30, 2016         93       6       1
Nov 05, 2015         93       5       1
Sep 28, 2015         93       6       1
Jul 03, 2014         92       7       1
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27. If more people carried guns, do you think the United States would be safer or less safe?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Safer                36%    65%     9%    34%    45%    28%    31%    47%
Less safe            52     20     86     52     43     60     56     40
DK/NA                12     15      5     14     12     12     12     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Safer                43%    30%    40%    31%    49%    31%    39%    22%    33%
Less safe            46     57     51     59     39     55     48     70     57
DK/NA                11     13     10     10     12     14     13      9     11
 
TREND: If more people carried guns, do you think the United States would be safer or less safe?
                             Less
                     Safer   Safe    DK/NA
 
Jan 14, 2019         36      52      12
Nov 21, 2018         33      57      10 
Feb 20, 2018         33      59       9 
Nov 15, 2017         37      55       8
Oct 12, 2017         35      56       9
Jun 28, 2017         35      57       8
Jun 30, 2016         40      52       8
Dec 23, 2015         44      47       9 
Nov 05, 2015         41      49       9
 
 
28. Do you support or oppose building a wall along the border with Mexico?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              43%    88%     6%    39%    50%    37%    45%    55%
Oppose               55     10     92     59     48     61     52     42
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      2      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              32%    34%    54%    45%    56%    45%    50%    10%    34%
Oppose               66     62     45     51     42     52     47     87     66
DK/NA                 2      4      -      3      3      3      3      3      -
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose building a wall along the border with Mexico?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Jan 14, 2019         43      55       2 
Dec 18, 2018         43      54       3 
Aug 15, 2018         38      58       4
Jun 18, 2018         39      58       4
Apr 11, 2018         40      57       3
Feb 06, 2018         37      59       4
Jan 11, 2018         34      63       3
Dec 13, 2017         36      62       2
Sep 28, 2017         37      60       3
May 11, 2017         33      64       3 
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29. In general, do you think that funding a wall along the border with Mexico is a good use of taxpayer dollars, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Good use         40%    83%     4%    37%    47%    33%    42%    51%
No                   59     15     96     63     52     65     57     47
DK/NA                 1      2      -      -      1      1      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Good use         28%    30%    49%    43%    53%    41%    47%     8%    31%
No                   71     69     50     55     46     58     52     92     69
DK/NA                 2      -      1      1      1      1      1      -      -
 
 
30. Would you support or oppose a bill that funded new border security measures, but did not fund a wall along the border with Mexico?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              61%    36%    78%    66%    59%    62%    61%    51%
Oppose               32     57     14     27     35     28     32     40
DK/NA                 8      7      7      7      6     10      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              72%    67%    51%    56%    54%    58%    56%    79%    67%
Oppose               21     23     42     36     40     33     36     17     27
DK/NA                 7     10      7      8      6      9      8      5      5
 
 
31. Would you approve or disapprove of President Trump using emergency executive powers to fund a wall along the border with Mexico without the approval of Congress?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              32%    68%     4%    29%    36%    28%    34%    41%
Disapprove           65     28     96     69     61     68     64     56
DK/NA                 3      5      1      2      2      4      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              22%    24%    41%    36%    41%    35%    38%     6%    27%
Disapprove           74     74     56     61     57     62     60     92     72
DK/NA                 4      2      3      3      2      3      3      3      1
 
 
32. Do you think that a wall along the border with Mexico would make the United States safer, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Make safer       43%    86%     7%    40%    51%    36%    46%    54%
No                   55     13     91     57     46     62     52     42
DK/NA                 2      1      3      3      3      2      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Make safer       35%    35%    52%    45%    58%    43%    50%    10%    31%
No                   63     63     47     51     39     54     47     89     68
DK/NA                 2      2      1      4      3      2      3      1      1
 
 
33. Do you think that a wall along the border with Mexico is an - effective way to protect the border, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Effective        43%    87%     5%    40%    50%    36%    46%    54%
No                   56     10     95     59     49     62     52     45
DK/NA                 2      3      1      1      1      2      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Effective        32%    35%    52%    45%    57%    44%    50%    12%    28%
No                   68     62     47     52     42     53     48     88     71
DK/NA                 -      2      -      3      1      3      2      -      1
 
 
34. Do you think that a wall along the border with Mexico is - necessary to protect the border, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Necessary        40%    82%     5%    36%    45%    35%    41%    51%
No                   59     16     94     63     53     63     58     46
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      2      1      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Necessary        26%    30%    52%    44%    51%    42%    46%     9%    31%
No                   72     68     48     54     47     56     52     91     68
DK/NA                 2      2      -      2      2      2      2      1      -
 
 
35. Which comes closer to your point of view: a wall along the border with Mexico is consistent with American values, or a wall along the border with Mexico is against American values?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Consistent w/ values 41%    83%     6%    37%    49%    34%    43%    53%
Against values       52     12     89     55     44     59     52     40
DK/NA                 7      5      4      7      7      6      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Consistent w/ values 34%    30%    51%    43%    55%    42%    48%    15%    32%
Against values       57     64     46     49     39     52     46     77     64
DK/NA                 9      6      3      8      6      6      6      8      5
 
 
36. Do you believe that there is a - security crisis along the border with Mexico, or don't you believe that?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Crisis           54%    86%    25%    54%    58%    50%    51%    64%
No                   43     12     71     42     39     45     46     31
DK/NA                 4      2      4      4      2      5      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Crisis           56%    46%    58%    53%    62%    53%    57%    36%    51%
No                   39     49     40     43     36     41     39     59     48
DK/NA                 6      4      2      4      2      5      4      5      1
 
 
37. Do you believe that there is a - humanitarian crisis along the border with Mexico, or don't you believe that?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Crisis           68%    65%    69%    69%    70%    66%    70%    67%
No                   26     27     29     24     25     27     26     24
DK/NA                 6      8      3      7      5      7      5      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Crisis           73%    61%    70%    71%    71%    66%    68%    59%    71%
No                   20     35     27     22     24     25     25     37     26
DK/NA                 7      4      3      7      5      9      7      5      3
 
 
38. As you may know, the government partially shut down over differences about federal government funding for a wall along the border with Mexico. Who do you think is responsible for this shut down: President Trump and the Republicans in Congress, or the Democrats in Congress?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Trump/Reps in Congrs 56%    14%    93%    59%    48%    64%    53%    46%
Dems in Congress     36     74      5     32     41     31     39     45
DK/NA                 8     11      2     10     12      5      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Trump/Reps in Congrs 66%    63%    46%    55%    42%    56%    50%    89%    63%
Dems in Congress     27     27     46     37     48     38     42      4     32
DK/NA                 7     10      7      8     11      6      8      8      5
 
 
39. Do you support or oppose shutting down the government to make sure that the wall along the border with Mexico receives funding?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              32%    67%     3%    28%    37%    27%    32%    41%
Oppose               63     24     95     68     59     67     62     52
DK/NA                 5      9      2      4      3      6      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              25%    21%    43%    34%    41%    33%    36%     5%    28%
Oppose               72     72     55     60     54     60     57     91     71
DK/NA                 3      7      1      7      5      8      6      4      1
 

NOTE: Percentages based on all registered voters. Question was asked of those who support the wall in Q28. Those who oppose the wall in Q28 were coded as oppose.


40. As you may know, Democrats in Congress have proposed opening the parts of the government that have nothing to do with border security while continuing to negotiate funding for the wall. President Trump has not agreed. Do you support or oppose this proposal?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              63%    39%    86%    65%    58%    68%    67%    54%
Oppose               30     52     12     28     36     25     26     37
DK/NA                 7      9      2      7      6      8      6      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              71%    65%    62%    60%    57%    64%    61%    76%    66%
Oppose               23     31     32     31     38     27     32     21     31
DK/NA                 6      4      6      9      5     10      8      4      3
 
 
41. Do you think that President Trump's recent televised address to the nation was mostly accurate or mostly misleading?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Mostly accurate      32%    70%     3%    28%    39%    27%    35%    41%
Mostly misleading    49      9     83     52     43     54     48     37
HVN'T HRD ENGH(VOL)   8     10      6      8     10      7      8     11
DK/NA                10     10      7     12      9     12      9     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Mostly accurate      25%    19%    42%    37%    44%    33%    38%     5%    25%
Mostly misleading    54     57     42     49     37     47     43     83     58
HVN'T HRD ENGH(VOL)  11      9      9      5     11      9     10      3      6
DK/NA                 9     14      7      9      8     11     10      9     11
 
 
42. Do you think that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's recent televised address to the nation was mostly accurate or mostly misleading?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Mostly accurate      38%    10%    70%    35%    33%    43%    38%    32%
Mostly misleading    39     70     12     37     46     33     40     46
HVN'T HRD ENGH(VOL)   9      7      9     10      9      8      9      9
DK/NA                14     13      9     18     12     16     12     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Mostly accurate      35%    42%    37%    43%    31%    38%    35%    61%    36%
Mostly misleading    37     27     47     40     50     38     43     20     38
HVN'T HRD ENGH(VOL)  10     14      8      5     10      9      9      6      8
DK/NA                18     17      8     12     10     15     12     12     18
 
 
43. In general, whose address did you believe more: President Trump's, or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
President Trump      36%    77%     3%    33%    41%    32%    37%    49%
Pelosi and Schumer   46      8     84     48     40     52     44     34
HVN'T HRD ENGH(VOL)   6      7      4      5      7      4      7      6
DK/NA                12      9      9     14     13     12     12     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
President Trump      27%    24%    46%    41%    47%    40%    43%     7%    27%
Pelosi and Schumer   47     54     41     48     33     44     39     80     56
HVN'T HRD ENGH(VOL)  10      7      5      3      8      5      7      1      5
DK/NA                15     15      9      9     12     11     11     12     13
 
 
44. Did President Trump's recent televised address to the nation change your mind about building a wall along the border with Mexico, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Changed mind      2%     3%     2%     2%     3%     2%     1%     2%
No                   89     86     92     90     87     90     91     89
HVN'T HRD ENGH(VOL)   3      5      2      2      4      2      3      4
DK/NA                 6      6      4      6      5      6      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Changed mind      3%     1%     3%     3%     1%     2%     2%     1%     5%
No                   84     89     89     93     89     92     90     92     84
HVN'T HRD ENGH(VOL)   7      4      2      1      5      2      4      1      3
DK/NA                 6      7      5      4      5      4      4      7      8