More Americans disapprove of President Biden’s handling of the dramatic influx of unaccompanied children on the southern border, according to a poll released Monday.
Overall, 40 percent of Americans disapprove of how Biden controls the situation on the Mexican border, while only 24 percent agree, a poll by Associated Press-NORC found.
35 percent have no opinion.
66 percent of Republicans disapprove of this, along with 15 percent of Democrats.
Only 8 percent of Republicans agree, as does 44 percent of Democrats.
Forty percent of Democrats and 26 percent of Republicans have no opinion.
When asked how Biden deals with immigration in general, 42 percent say they agree, and 44 percent say he approves of his approach to border security.
But those numbers are a far cry from the 61 percent of Americans who approve of the overall work Biden does. .
“I don’t know how to put this right politically: I feel like this new administration makes people feel like they can come into the country,” said attendee Mindy Kiehl, 40, a real estate agent in Erie, Pennsylvania. said the AP.
“I understand. They are seeking refuge,” said Kiehl, who otherwise approves of Biden’s dealings with the presidency. “But bringing these children with you is not good for the children, it is not good for the families. I don’t know how that will solve the problem. “
At the same time, the survey shows that immigration is a high priority for most Americans.
Fifty-nine percent said safe treatment of unaccompanied minors should be a high priority after they are incarcerated, and 65 percent said the same about family reunification at the border. .
The Biden administration’s lifting of former President Donald Trump’s border policy has resulted in a flood of Central American and Mexican illegal migrants at the U.S. border, including thousands of unaccompanied children.
The Biden government also hesitated to open federal detention facilities on the border to media control as the number of people crossing the border reached its highest level in two decades.
On Sunday, Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) Said he and other senators had been asked by officials to delete photos recently taken during a border tour showing the children wrapped “like sardines” in the facilities .
“We were asked to delete the pictures,” he said on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures. “Nobody did. You saw the video come out of all these kids huddled together under the foil blanket.”
“This is both a humanitarian crisis and a national security crisis,” he added.
The survey interviewed 1,166 adults between March 26 and 29.
It has an error rate of plus / minus 3.6 percentage points.