POLL: Only 1 In 4 Voters Think Abolishing ICE Is A Good Idea

Vandana Rambaran | Political Reporter

Only one in four voters support abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and that minority is overwhelmingly made up of Democrats, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll on Wednesday.

Progressive Democrats — including possible presidential contenders in 2020 and candidates campaigning in the 2018 midterms — have been calling to abolish ICE in recent months, but only 25 percent of voters support this idea. Among Democratic voters holding this ideal, 43 percent say the government should terminate ICE, while 34 percent say it should keep ICE, according to the poll(RELATED: Obama DHS Sec Rebukes Dems: Abolishing ICE ‘Would Compromise Public Safety’)

The majority of voters, 54 percent, support the federal government continuing to fund ICE, while 21 percent of voters are undecided. Republicans and Independents both support ICE, with 79 percent of Republican voters and 54 percent of Independents voting to keep the agency.

Conflicting opinions by party are not the only disparities highlighted by the poll, which was conducted from July 6 to 10, surveying 1,999 registered voters. Voters under the age of 30 favor getting rid of ICE to keeping it by 39 to 33 percent. Meanwhile, the majority of age brackets over 30 disagree with this relatively new idea that’s been gaining traction around the time Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stole the Democratic primary for the House Caucus seat in New York and criticized ICE, saying it “violates our civil rights.”

Voters in brackets above age 30 disagree. Poll results show 51 percent of voters age 30 to 44, 56 percent of voters ages 45 to 54, 61 percent of voters ages 55 to 64 and 68 percent of voters ages 65 and older all support keeping ICE in tact.

It has yet to be seen how this issue will impact the upcoming midterm elections in November, although it seems that Democrats will have little success in drumming up support outside of their base, according to Politico.

“[C]ongressional candidates who embrace the ‘Abolish ICE’ movement could have a difficult time appealing to voters across party lines,” Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s managing director said to Politico. “For example, over three-fifths (61 percent) of Republicans and 41 percent of independents say they would be less likely to vote for a congressional candidate who supported getting rid of ICE.”

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