(USA Features) An overwhelming majority of respondents in a new Harvard/Harris poll believe President Joe Biden’s border policies are an abject failure, leaving political analysts to suggest the issue will hurt Democrats soundly in next year’s midterms if he doesn’t reverse course.
The poll found that a vast majority — 80% — believe illegal immigration has become a serious issue.
Respondents also believe that the issue is important enough that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris need to pay it more attention.
In addition, 68% said that the administration is sending signals that are encouraging more illegal immigration.
Meanwhile, 55% percent of respondents said they believe former President Donald Trump’s border measures ought to be put back in place or should have never been altered.
Pollster Mark Penn sized up the results this way: “Immigration is boiling up as an issue.”
“Add it to increasing voter concerns about inflation, taxes, and the critical race theory controversy, and this could be a summer of woe for Democrats,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“These are not good numbers for Democrats,” an adviser to House Republicans told the outlet.
Rising concerns over illegal immigration were a cornerstone of Penn’s analysis of his June poll for Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies and the Harris Poll.
“Sixty-four percent of registered voters want the Biden administration to issue new, stricter policies to reduce the flow of people across the border,” Penn wrote.
“Only 7% of voters could accurately call out the amount of monthly illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S. with 84% underestimate the number, suggesting we should expect stronger voter reactions if the crisis evolves further,” he continued.
“Overall, 74% of voters view the current surge in illegal immigrants as a crisis that needs to be addressed immediately, and 56% do not view climate change, racism, and sexism as root causes of migration from South and Central America,” he added.
In addition, most respondents said they believe that Vice President Harris should have made a trip to the border long before Friday, with more giving her a failing grade following her trip to Central America to address the alleged “root causes” of mass migration.