Poll: Over 40 percent of Americans want wall on Canadian border
CHICAGO -- Failed Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker may feel some vindication in this number: 41 percent of Americans say that if a wall is built along the Mexican border, one also should be erected on the Canadian one. And yes, the ...
CHICAGO - Failed Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker may feel some vindication in this number: 41 percent of Americans say that if a wall is built along the Mexican border, one also should be erected on the Canadian one. And yes, the same percentage favors a wall erected along the nation's southern border.
The latest Bloomberg Politics poll that also shows that immigration, a flashpoint in the 2016 presidential campaign thanks in large point to the incendiary rhetoric of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, is an issue that stirs strong emotions among Americans, some of them contradictory. While 4 in 10 Americans favor border walls, overwhelming majorities also express positive feelings about immigration: 80 percent agree the U.S. economy has thrived historically because of new arrivals and 70 percent expressed approval for the efforts of Pope Francis to encourage nations to be more welcoming of immigrants.
Trump has called for a physical wall to be completed along the border with Mexico, a concept that 41 percent of Americans support and 55 percent oppose; 56 percent disagree with the idea of building a wall along the Canadian border, a notion that became one of the gaffes that hurt Walker's candidacy, which the Wisconsin governor ended earlier this week. After initially indicating that he thought the idea was worth additional study, Walker later clarified that he didn't actually want to build a physical wall along the more than 5,000-mile border.
Jake Crosan, 73, a retired truck driver from Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is someone who does favor a wall along the Canadian border, if one is built along the southern border.
"If you cut off one, they're going to come in the other way," said Crosan, a Trump supporter. "It's desolate up there in some places on the Canadian border, and they've gotta do something up there to stop them from coming in."
Asked if he worried about the cost of such a project, Crosan said it would be a good investment for the government and American people. "The money we would save by keeping the illegals out would pay for itself," he said. "They're taking our jobs, and the more people we get back to work, they pay taxes. It'll pay for itself."