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Just 1/3 of Americans back Republican migrant flights - Reuters/Ipsos

World Sep 23, 2022 05:57PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan migrants stand outside St. Andrew's Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts, U.S. September 14, 2022. Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

By Jason Lange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Only a third of Americans - including half of Republicans and one in six Democrats - say it's OK for state officials to fly or bus migrants to other states, a sign the push by Republican Southern governors to ship foreigners north could backfire with some voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Republican leaders, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, are betting their immigration policies and proposals will help motivate their core supporters to vote in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, when they aim to retake control of the U.S. Congress.

The two-day poll concluded on Thursday showed Americans are deeply divided on immigration, even within their political parties.

Only about half of Democratic respondents agreed with a statement that it should be easier for people to immigrate to the United States. A somewhat larger share of Republicans - six in 10 - disagreed.

Following a highly-publicized drive by Republican governors to bus or fly thousands of migrants to Democratic areas in recent months, 53% of Republican respondents in the poll said they supported the practice. Twenty-nine percent opposed it.

Sixteen percent of Democrats supported the practice and 55% were opposed. Overall, 29% of Americans supported the practice and 40% opposed.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican facing reelection in November, has sent roughly 11,500 migrants to Washington, New York and Chicago since April. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, another Republican, has sent more than 1,800 to Washington.

Last week, DeSantis took credit for a flight that carried about 50 migrants to the vacation island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, an affluent haven for liberals where former President Barack Obama has a mansion.

Like Abbott, DeSantis is up for re-election in November.

The moves by the governors aim to shift responsibility for border crossers to areas that typically vote Democratic, while demonstrating Republican opposition to the more welcoming border policies of Democratic President Joe Biden.

But leading Democrats, including California Governor Gavin Newsom, said some of the state moves to ship migrants north could be criminal and urged federal prosecutors to investigate.

Migrants on the flight to Martha's Vineyard said they were misled and a sheriff in Texas, where the flight originated, is investigating the incident.

Forty-five percent of respondents in the Reuters/Ipsos poll - including 63% of Democrats and 31% of Republicans - said state leaders transporting migrants were committing illegal migrant trafficking.

The poll, conducted online in English throughout the United States, gathered responses from 1,005 adults, including 449 Democrats and 361 Republicans. It has a credibility interval - a measure of precision - of four percentage points.

Just 1/3 of Americans back Republican migrant flights - Reuters/Ipsos
 

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Phil Ht
Phil Ht Sep 26, 2022 10:38AM ET
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Fake. Americans back deporting millions of these illegals.
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One can reasonably be for deporting illegal immigrants AND be against "state officials to fly or bus migrants to other states" as pawns in a political-posturing, virtue-signaling, time & $-wasting theatrics .
gab nea
gab nea Sep 26, 2022 10:38AM ET
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political stunts are for the Republican maga crazies, normal americans do not subscribe to cruel racist behavior! what if desantis grandfather was told to go back to Italy on his banana boat?
gab nea
gab nea Sep 26, 2022 7:12AM ET
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when the racist maga gangs were rioting in Charlottesville, the racist president said they were fine people after one of them violently ran over a woman! you are definitely a racist if you support this! denounce it or own it, choose lackeys!
gab nea
gab nea Sep 26, 2022 7:02AM ET
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gov. deathsentence and abbott Costello from texas are driving normal republicans out of the party! I love it. ty. roflmfao
Stephen Fa
Stephen Fa Sep 25, 2022 2:57PM ET
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Fake news media
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Sep 25, 2022 2:57PM ET
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Translation: I don't want to face facts.
gab nea
gab nea Sep 25, 2022 9:43AM ET
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the republicans hate anyone darker than they are? is that racism? vote them out!
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lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 25, 2022 9:43AM ET
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I know a lot of black and latino Republicans. that may be your most ignorant statement yet, and that's saying alot. why don't you ever talk about the good Democrat policies? it would be a very short conversation.
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Stephen Fa  Where did gab say Illegal immigrant is a race?
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 25, 2022 9:43AM ET
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the story is about illegal immigrants, not race
gab nea
gab nea Sep 25, 2022 9:43AM ET
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lakes Tenn name one!
gab nea
gab nea Sep 25, 2022 9:43AM ET
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lakes Tenn when you support racist k k k gangs with those new fancy names, that try to hang a vice president, what are you ? a *****white supremacist racist!
gab nea
gab nea Sep 25, 2022 7:11AM ET
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it is really generous of the Republicans to spend millions on flying aliens to resort islands! however it's the fraud during the kidnappings that I mind. cant you provide the help honestly?
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lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 25, 2022 7:11AM ET
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first, I see your new MO, is going to be I'm rubber and your glue? gab can not accuse Republicans of something Democrats have been doing first and 50x
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lakes Tenn  gab CAN accuse Republicans of something; whether Democrats have been doing that 1st or 2nd or never is immaterial.  2 wrongs don't make a right.  Whataboutism makes a poor argument.
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And previous Republican administrations have flown illegal immigrants "all over the country", too.  And on trains,buses, boats, etc., too.  Not sure why you're so triggered over people being transported.
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 25, 2022 7:11AM ET
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first, that is what the article is about. I guess you are coming over to the Republicans. first you agreed we need to close and secure our border, now you agree that what desantis did, is the same as what Biden has and continues to do. now if we can get them to do the first, transports will no longer be necessary. as I stated we need immigrants, just not illegal immigration.
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lakes Tenn  "you agreed we need to close and secure our border"  -- I'm not sure how I can be more clear.  Guess I gotten repeat myself: I'm FOR secure borders, NOT closed borders.  And I'm not "coming over to the Republicans".  Secure border is an American side.  Closed border is more a retrumplican side.
Gary Piccone
Gary Piccone Sep 23, 2022 10:12PM ET
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Backfire? Nothing Biden campaigned for has come true.
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lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 23, 2022 10:12PM ET
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first, I agree with you, he has done alot. Most people would not be able to destroy a country so easily. actually as Trump would say "he destroyed it bigly ".
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lakes Tenn   I'm not sure you understand what I posted.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Sep 23, 2022 10:12PM ET
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Plenty. Huge infrastructure package. On-shoring of vital manufacturing. Medicare empowered to negotiate drug prices. Black wimany nominated to the supreme court and, no small matter, honesty and decorum restored to the office. If you think Biden hasn't kept his campaign promises, you are either a know-nothing or an unserious person.
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 23, 2022 10:12PM ET
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brad, I said positive for the country. not welfare or social engineering
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Sep 23, 2022 10:12PM ET
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@lakes: I wasn't talking to you.
Keith Reilly
Keith Reilly Sep 23, 2022 8:25PM ET
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But all Americans 100% approved when Biden was flying illegals at night all over the US.
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First Last Sep 23, 2022 8:25PM ET
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Why should it matter if the flight is night or day?
John Hill
John Hill Sep 23, 2022 8:25PM ET
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ignorant question is it not? never heard the phrase "hidden by the cover of night?" nothing Biden has done has benefited America. near 70 percent of Americans believe America is going in the wrong direction. learn how to use Google and discover the truth.
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John Hill Sep 23, 2022 8:25PM ET
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liberals couldn't care less that human trafficking has increased exponentially and fentynl deaths have doubled since Biden took office. pretty clear liberals need their drugs and women trafficked for their kicks.
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John Hill   So you're saying Biden only fly them at night to keep it hidden, so there's no flights during daytime?
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Right-wingers couldn't care less that red eye flights are cheaper and have more available seats.
Dan South
Dan South Sep 23, 2022 7:41PM ET
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If we had a secure border this would not even be a topic of discussion.
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Why do you say "secure border" instead of "closed border"?  Isn't it the same thing?
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 23, 2022 7:41PM ET
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First Last can not secure an open border.
John Laurens
John Laurens Sep 23, 2022 6:51PM ET
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More Canadian Reuters lies! I'm sure this poll was conducted in racist dem states.. and we all know full well (Martha's Vineyard) that they don't want what they call "trash" in their neighborhoods!
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Trump said this about polls: "If it's bad, I say it's fake. If it's good, I say that's the most accurate poll ever."
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 23, 2022 6:51PM ET
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what publication can I find this quote? looks more like a CNN propaganda
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lakes Tenn   From Trump speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas,
 
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