Democrats and Republicans in Arizona largely agree that abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is not a good idea, according to a poll released Monday.
OH Predictive Insights (OHPI), a Phoenix-based research polling company, collaborated with ABC15 Arizona to conduct two separate polls between Aug. 14 and 15. One question asked likely voters from the Democratic and Republican parties whether they supported abolishing ICE.
“The numbers suggest running on a pro-abolish ICE platform this election year would not be a good idea if you want to hold your base of support – on either side of the aisle,” Mike Noble, Managing Partner and Chief Pollster at OHPI, said according to the polling report.
Republican voters were more likely to oppose abolishing ICE than Democrats. Both parties, however, held more opposition towards the calls to abolish ICE than those within the parties who support the Abolish ICE movement.
The telephone survey found 41.6 percent of Democrats opposed the calls to abolish ICE, whereas 26 percent in the party supported it and 32.4 percent were unsure.
Of the Republican voters, 71.1 percent opposed the calls to get rid of ICE, 19.2 percent support such calls and 9.7 percent of the Republican voters were unsure.
“I was a bit surprised on the results from the Democratic primary sample – expected more support for abolishing ICE,” Noble said in the polling report.
The Democratic survey had 90 percent of the sample identify as Democrats while 10 percent were Independent voters. The sample size was 589 voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.04 percentage points.
The Republican survey had 89.3 percent of likely voters identify as Republicans with 10.7 percent reporting as Independent voters. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.08 percentage points with 578 individuals completing the survey. (RELATED: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Tells Different Story On Border Security: Imagine ‘No Trump’s Wall In Southern Arizona’)
A similar survey conducted by Phoenix-based political data analytics agency, Data Orbital, between Aug. 7 and 8 found Arizonans opposed dismantling border security measures and removing the current barriers at the border. The survey came after Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia made comments about loosening border security measures.
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