- The Washington Times - Monday, November 5, 2018

An Economist/YouGov poll has new insight about American attitudes towards the massive Honduran immigrant “caravan” as it approaches the U.S. southern border.

“More than a quarter of Americans think everyone in the caravan should be turned away at the border,” reported Kathy Frankovic, a YouGov analyst.

Specifically, the survey found that 28 percent would “reject all of the immigrants”; 56 percent of Republicans — but only 9 percent of Democrats — agreed with that.

There were also conditional responses: 38 percent would accept only those who have a valid claim for asylum and would “reject the rest.” Close to half of Democrats — 47 percent — liked that idea, along with a third of Republicans.

The poll also revealed that only 16 percent of Americans overall would accept all the caravan’s immigrants, a decision shared by 27 percent of Democrats but only 6 percent of Republicans.

The White House effort to tap into the U.S. military also has “more support than opposition,” the poll said.

It found that 44 percent of Americans overall approve of President Trump’s decision to send troops to the U.S./Mexico border; only a third disapprove of the idea and the rest are neutral or undecided about it. A sizable majority of Republicans — 87 percent — approve of those troops, but only 15 percent of Democrats.

“Republicans are more likely than others to see Middle Eastern terrorists in the migrant caravan: 55 percent believe at least ‘some’ of the marchers are terrorists,” Ms. Frankovic said in her analysis. “Democrats and independents are more likely to think ‘very few’ or ‘none’ of the marchers fit that description.”

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