A new poll published by the Associated Press shows Americans view “immigration” as the top problem facing the nation heading into 2019, with nearly half of those asked saying the country’s porous borders and ineffective laws need to be addressed by political leaders.
“As much of the U.S. government remains shut down over President Donald Trump’s insistence on funding for his border wall, nearly half of Americans identify immigration as a top issue for the government to work on this year,” writes the AP.
The survey shows 49% of those polled said “immigration” is one of the top five problems the US federal government must address in 2019. That number is drastically higher than 27% who mentioned “immigration” in similar studies back in 2017.
“The poll found that 65 percent of Republicans say immigration is one of the top five problems facing the country, up from 42 percent in 2017. Among Democrats, 37 percent cite immigration as a top issue, compared with just 2 in 10 a year ago,” adds the survey.
Read the full report here.