POLL: New Quinnipiac Poll Finds 59% of Americans Believe the ‘Wall Is Not Necessary to Protect the Border’ & ‘Is Not a Good Use of Taxpayer Dollars’

Oof, that’s gotta hurt.

President Donald Trump has insisted that border security is unachievable without a wall at the southern border. He’s been quick to remind the American people this as the government shutdown over the wall’s funding rages on. However, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Americans aren’t buying what the President’s telling them.

The poll indicates that 59 percent of Americans believe President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall “is not necessary to protect the border” and “is not a good use of taxpayer money” following his televised address about border security.

Additionally, 55 percent of respondents said they don’t believe the wall would “make the U.S. safer” and 52 percent of respondents said the wall is not consistent with American values. Only 2 percent of respondents said the president’s address changed their mind compared to 89 percent who said it did not change their mind about building the wall.

Respondents also indicated they’re losing faith in the Republican Party. 49 percent of American voters trust Democrats in Congress more than Trump on the issue of border security.

“The GOP is losing the battle as 56 percent of American voters say President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are responsible for the shutdown, while 36 percent say Democrats are responsible,” Quinnipiac notes.

Perhaps even more damningly for the GOP, every party, gender, education, age and racial group (63 percent to 30 percent) supports “a Democratic proposal to reopen parts of the government that do not involve border security while negotiating funding for the Wall.” Republicans are the only group against it (52 percent to 39 percent).

The poll was taken from January 9 (the day after the president’s address) to January 13. Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,209 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points.

‘Mr. President, it’s on you,’ voters say about the government shutdown, blaming President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans more than Democrats,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “And while they believe there is both a humanitarian and a security crisis along the southern border, they absolutely don’t think a wall will solve the problem.”

President Trump appears to be in a world all his own, however. In a tweet, he claimed “Only a Wall, of Steel Barrier, will keep our country safe!” and accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) of “playing political games” and not ending the government shutdown, now the longest in United States history. The shutdown kicked off after the president opted not to sign a stopgap funding bill which would have prevented a partial shutdown of the government after Congress did not allocate the $5.7 billion in funds for the wall he’d demanded.

The president further claimed polls indicate that “people are beginning to understand the Humanitarian Crisis and Crime at the Border.”

That claim is misleading. While the Quinnipiac poll found that 54 percent of Americans believe there is a security crisis at the border and that 68 percent believe there is a humanitarian crisis at the border, the majority of Americans, as mentioned above, are against the wall’s construction altogether.

The president, whose tendency to lift his talking points from Fox News broadcasts is well known, appears to have made the claims based on what he heard Steve Doocy say on this morning’s episode of Fox and Friends.

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