With the situation at the southern border showing no signs of improvement and few official solutions on the table, it was only a matter of time before a majority of American voters began to sour on the administration’s handling of the ongoing migrant surge.
As Breitbart reports, a new Quinnipiac poll reveals that support for President Joe Biden’s border policies has cratered in recent weeks, meeting with the disapproval of 64% of independent voters and 55% of Latino respondents.
The survey, which included 1,237 adults, was conducted during the time period spanning April 8 through April 12, had a margin of sampling error of +/- 2.8 percentage points, and indicated growing dissatisfaction among the electorate with the Biden administration’s response to the escalating crisis.
According to Quinnipiac’s results, just 22% of independents and 27% of Latino voters voiced support for Biden’s open-borders policy stance. When combined with strong Republican opposition factored into the mix, the president’s border positions received an overall national disapproval rate of 55%, as Breitbart noted.
Adding insult to injury for the White House is a recent Morning Consult/Politico poll conducted between April 9 and April 12, which found that only 10% of all-important independent voters expressed strong support for Biden’s border strategy, and 36% indicated strong disapproval of the same.
Sinking support for the president on issues related to the border is likely due at least in part to the growing perception that neither he nor Vice President Kamala Harris – the person Biden tapped over three weeks ago to address the crisis – are doing much to stem the tide of migrants or improve the deteriorating conditions in which they are being held.
GOP criticism of the administration has grown heated in recent days, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pointing out on Twitter, “It has been 3 weeks since President Biden appointed VP Harris to oversee the border. Since then, the crisis has only continued to spiral out of control,” adding:
The VP has not traveled to the border, held a press conference, or offer ANY plan to mitigate the ongoing crisis.
For its part, however, the administration has attempted to defuse such criticism of Harris’ inaction, as Fox News noted, with White House press secretary Jen Psaki blithely suggesting that Republicans simply “need more to do,” and that their “confusion” about the vice president’s true role regarding the migrant surge is “perplexing” to her.
Try as Ms. Psaki might to distract from facts on the ground as relayed by those who have actually visited the border, the longer Harris sits on her hands, and Biden turns a blind eye to the devastating consequences of reversing Trump-era immigration policies, the more intense voter opposition to their malfeasance is certain to become.