Strong Support for Border Security and Amnesty Reforms in Secure the Border Act of 2023

To maintain strong support for the bill, advocates should emphasize popular reforms that unite New Majority voters and divide Left Minority voters. 

66% of voters support House-passed Secure the Border Act of 2023 (HR2), including 49% of Democrats.

WHY IT MATTERS – House Republicans are insisting that HR2 be passed by the Senate and signed by President Biden as part of a deal on sending more aid to Ukraine.

HOW TO USE THIS DATA – The results show which policies from The Secure the Border Act of 2023 should be emphasized by advocates to maintain strong support for the bill.

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2 in 3 voters support the Secure the Border Act of 2023.

  • 66% of voters support the Secure the Border Act of 2023, including 86% of Republicans, 66% of swing voters, and 49% of Democrats. 
  • The bill is supported by a majority or plurality of every demographic group.

After learning more about the bill, overall support remains high (67%), but the number “strongly supporting” the bill dips.

  • Respondents were asked their level of support for 12 policies in the bill, and then asked again if they support the bill after learning more about it.
  • Overall support rose slightly to 67%, the number “Strongly Supporting” the bill fell 8 points to 31%, while the number “Somewhat Supporting” the bill rose 7 points to 36%.
  • Strong support dropped 10 points among Republicans, 5 points among Democrats, and 7 points among swing voters.
  • The largest drop in strong support came from women and Baby Boomer+ voters.

Reforms that restore accountability and honesty to immigration are the most popular and should be emphasized by advocates.

  • The most popular policies in the bill (supported by more than 70% of Americans) are hiring more border patrol agents, requiring employers to use E-Verify, and requiring asylum seekers to enter the U.S. legally and prove they are at risk of persecution.
  • The least popular policy in the bill is requiring asylum seekers to pay a $50 fee, which is only supported by 41% of Americans.