Washington, D.C. – Conservatives who want a wall built across the U.S. southern border say their top priority for the wall is to address human and sex trafficking, according to a national survey by The Frontier Lab’s “Ear to the Ground Listening Project” and Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG). The survey was based on responses from 19,529 CSG members who describe themselves as conservative and pro-Constitution activists, 92% of whom voted for President Trump.
"This poll demonstrates that conservatives want the serious problems caused by our immigration laws solved," stated Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self Governance. “Congressional inaction is enabling sexual assault, human trafficking and other abuses at a horrific scale, and conservatives support the President because only he is trying to fix these problems now."
73% of conservatives in the survey who support building the wall said it was “extremely important” that broader immigration reform is needed, with a primary focus on stopping trafficking humans and drugs across the border.
“We see less focus by these conservatives on their own safety than on the well-being of others who are made vulnerable by the current system,” said the director of the study, Anne Sorock of The Frontier Lab. “They don’t otherwise agree with much of the rationale for our current immigration policies.”
78% of the conservative activists said they want workplace skills to play a larger role in our immigration system, and 62.4% want family connections to play a smaller role.
Beyond immigration reform, they want an emphasis on Constitutional Governance before any other policy. The top three overall priorities after immigration reform:
(1) Constitutional governance;
(2) National security;
(3) Taxes and economy.
“While the Wall is a high priority for President Trump’s base, they are saying there must be more, and the ‘more’ needs to be a focus on the most pressing moral issue,” added Sorock.
Results released in the past two weeks showed that strong support by the activists for a wall has increased since 2016:
99% favor building a wall on the southern border.
85% are “more in favor” of building a wall than they were in 2016.
Of the 19,529 activists surveyed, 92% were Trump voters and 100% identify as conservatives. In terms of political party affiliation, 66% identify as Republican, 29% identify as Independent-Leaning Right, and 5% as “other.” In addition, 45% of those surveyed have at one time identified as members of the Tea Party. The online survey was fielded between March 22-24, 2019.