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Poll: San Diegans think unauthorized immigration is a serious problem

Posted: 7:57 PM, Dec 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-05 03:57:16Z
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A majority of San Diegans think unauthorized immigration is a serious problem, according to a new 10News/San Diego Union-Tribune poll.

Nearly 60 percent of San Diegans say it’s a serious problem while only 29 percent say it’s only a minor problem.

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When asked whether they think unauthorized immigrants commit serious crimes at a higher rate than the rest of the population, 29 percent of those surveyed believe the migrants commit crimes at a lower rate.

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92 percent of those asked say they haven’t given aid to the caravan, while a majority of people want the U.S. to send aid.

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45 percent of those asked say they’ve been somewhat following stories about the migrant caravan while 37 percent of people say they’re following news about the caravan very closely.

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25 percent of those asked say they believe President Trump’s portrayal that the caravan is like an invasion of criminals, while 35 percent believe advocates, who say the caravan is simply seeking asylum.

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The poll also showed that most people, 41 percent, think some members of the caravan have a credible claim to asylum.

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When asked whether or not they think the caravan poses a significant threat to the U.S., 42 percent of people said it only poses a minor threat.

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Half of those asked believe Trump deploying troops to the border was the right move while only 34 percent say they oppose the move.

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43 percent of those asked say those who qualify for asylum should follow the normal process while three percent of San Diegans say everyone in the caravan should be let in.

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A majority of San Diegans, 48 percent, say they are opposed to building a wall, while 39 percent say they’d support the wall.

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32 percent of people asked say they are now more likely to support the wall due to the arrival of the caravan while 53 percent of people say it made no impact.

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29 percent of those asked say they’re very concerned over the impact of the caravan on tourism, traffic and cross-border commerce, while 30 percent say they’re only somewhat concerned.

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A majority of those asked say the arrival of the caravan made no difference as to whether or not they’re sympathetic to migrants.

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According to the poll, most San Diegans say they’ve discussed or debated the caravan with friends. 45 percent of those asked say Mexico should shelter the migrants while they await U.S. action.

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