A new Harvard/Harris poll, conducted June 15-17, 2021, could be unwelcome news for the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress. The survey tackled registered voters’ views on the subjects of illegal immigration, inflation, the response to COVID-19, the teaching of critical race theory in schools, and other issues. The results do not indicate an endorsement of the progressive agenda by American voters.
When asked the question: “What would you say are the most important issues facing the country today?” survey participants put the economy and jobs, coronavirus, immigration, and health care at the top of the list – in that order – with 31% saying that the economy and jobs were the number one issue, 30% citing coronavirus, 24% indicating that they were most concerned about immigration, and 21% most concerned about health care.
No to CRT – Yes to Free Speech
Sixty-one percent of those surveyed believe that elementary school children should not be taught that America is structurally racist and dominated by white supremacy, as opposed to 39% who say that this is what children should be taught. While just 19% of respondents believe that elementary school students should not be taught about the importance of free speech and the First Amendment, an overwhelming 81% majority think that students should learn about this issue.
On the subject of illegal immigration, particularly, the Biden administration did not receive high marks. Eighty percent of respondents believe that illegal immigration is either a very serious (43%) or somewhat serious (37%) issue for the country right now, as opposed to 15% who said the problem was not too serious and 5% who said it was not at all serious.
Majority Concerned With Migrant Crisis
By a significant margin (63%), those surveyed think that the number of monthly border crossings by illegal immigrants had increased since Joe Biden took office. Just 17% believe that the influx had decreased, while 19% think it has stayed the same. As one of the survey questions notes, about 200,000 illegal immigrants are crossing the southern border every month. Given this information, 36% of those who took part in the poll believe that the administration should continue its current policies while 64% think that new and stricter policies should be put in place to reduce the flow of illegal aliens across the border.
By a majority of 68% to 32%, participants believed that Joe Biden’s executive orders on immigration had encouraged rather than discouraged illegal border crossers. The majority (55%) think that former President Donald Trump’s executive orders should have been left in place. Respondents were evenly split on the question of whether the administration was trying to create an open border or enforcing immigration laws more humanely, though most (55%) think that the administration’s border policies are increasing the flow of drugs and crime into the United States.
Asked whether the Biden or Trump administration was to blame for the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors into the country, 39% pointed the finger at Trump, while 61% believes the fault lies with the current administration. Sixty-seven percent said those crossing the border illegally should be turned back to Mexico.
The majority of those surveyed were less than impressed with the job Kamala Harris was doing to mitigate the crisis. Most (44%) Say that Harris has done a bad job so far, as opposed to 30% who believe she has done a good job and 26% who think that Harris has done an adequate job. Forty percent believe Joe Biden’s number two has made no progress in tackling the root causes of illegal immigration, with just 21% saying she had made meaningful progress.
Most participants in the survey (56%) do not believe that climate change, racism, and sexism are the root causes of illegal immigration to the United States and an even larger majority (74%) say that the border crisis needs to be addressed immediately, rather than being something the current immigration system will solve.
See the full survey here.
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