Poll: Midwest Swing-Voters Back Donald Trump’s Immigration Policies

Monday, April 29, 2019
By Paul Martin

29 Apr 2019

Independent adults in the critical Midwest region back President Donald Trump’s immigration push, according to a Washington Post poll.

Forty percent of the Midwest independents say they are more likely to support Trump in 2020 because of his immigration policies, while 36 percent say those policies make them less likely to support Trump, according to the poll. Twenty-two percent say immigration policies are not a factor.

Almost two-thirds — 63 percent — of GOP-supporting adults support his immigration policies. Only 16 say they oppose the policies.

The Midwest data is important partly because the Democrats’ support for easy immigration is concentrated in the Democratic-dominated West and the Northeast. For example, 53 percent of the Post‘s respondents in the West and 57 percent of respondents in the Northwest say they oppose Trump’s immigration policies. Also, respondents who declare themselves to be Democrats or “lean Democratic” overwhelmingly say they oppose Trump’s immigration policies, in large part because they oppose Trump.

In 2016, Trump gained from Midwest opposition to cheap-labor immigration. Breitbart News reported in July 2016:

Donald Trump may be hoping to win the 2016 election by sweeping the Midwest states — and that’s the region which is most worried about losing jobs and wages to cheap-labor immigration, according to a new survey.

Midwest respondents are far more likely to agree with a statement saying that “immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care” than were respondents in the South, West or Northeast, according to the July survey by Morning Consult and Vox.com.

In fact, lower-income and middle-income women in the Midwest showed the most concern about the inflow of cheap-labor immigration into their communities, contradicting progressives’ expectations about immigration and “angry white men.”

The 2016 data was ignored by establishment and media pollsters through the 2016 election, ensuring a massive surprise on election night when Trump broke through the Democrats’ “blue wall.”

The new Washington Post poll of 1,001 adults likely also understates support for Trump’s immigration policies, which have been portrayed by Democrats and the media as racist and vindictive.

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