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Poll: Voters split on whether securing the border, amnesty for illegal immigrants is higher priority

Numbers may have shifted in response to Trump's politics.

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A section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall
A section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall
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Updated: January 29, 2021 - 1:45pm

U.S. voters are about evenly split on whether the country should prioritize securing the country's border or granting amnesty to illegal immigrants, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

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Just the News Poll, When it comes to immigration policy what is more important?
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Forty-four percent said securing the U.S. border should take priority, while 46% said legalizing the status of illegal immigrants is the more important policy goal. 

The remaining 10% was unsure. 

Rasmussen pointed out that the poll results seem to suggest a change of thinking in recent years among Americas on the connected issues.

"Previously, securing the border was routinely seen as the higher priority," he said. "Now they're even. This suggests that the association of President Trump with border security may have pushed some voters away from that perspective."

The survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted by Rasmussen using a mixed-mode approach from Jan. 21-23, 2021.

Click here to see this poll's cross-demographic tabulations.

Click here to see the poll's methodology and sample demographics.