Published On: Thu, Aug 25th, 2016

Majority of Americans oppose Mexico border wall: Pew poll

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A majority of Americans oppose the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and express views sympathetic to undocumented immigrants, according to a new Pew Research Center report released on Thursday Aug. 25.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the findings suggest most Americans are not aligned with the harsh anti-immigrant positions of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and could explain why in recent days he has appeared to soften his stance.

Building a “beautiful” wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out undocumented immigrants is one of his core positions — and among the most popular with his supporters — and one from which he has not wavered.

This recent Getty Images file photo shows a section of existing border wall near San Diego, Calif. (PHOTO: america.aljazeera.com)

This recent Getty Images file photo shows a section of existing border wall near San Diego, Calif. (PHOTO: america.aljazeera.com)

According to the Pew survey, 61% oppose building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Even larger majorities of Americans expressed sympathy toward immigrants: 76% said that undocumented immigrants are just as “hard-working and honest” as U.S. citizens, and 67% rejected the idea that undocumented immigrants are more likely to commit serious crimes than citizens.

The study of 2,010 American adults was conducted between August 9-16.

Source: wsj.com

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