Is DACA amnesty worth risking a gov’t shutdown? A new poll has bad news for Democrats

Is DACA amnesty worth risking a gov’t shutdown? A new poll has bad news for Democrats
A new poll shows that more Americans say that averting a government shutdown is a priority over securing DACA amnesty for illegal aliens than those who say otherwise. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A new poll from CNN shows that most people do not believe it’s worth a government shutdown in order to achieve a deal that would give a form of amnesty to DACA “Dreamers.”

Here are the poll results:

Just over a third of Americans believe it’s important to have a DACA amnesty extension and risk a government shutdown (34 percent). A majority, 56 percent, say avoiding a government shutdown is more important than continuing Obama’s DACA program.

Only 49 percent of Democrats value DACA above a budget deal, while 75 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Independents say avoiding the shutdown is more important than securing amnesty for illegals.

Half would blame Republicans for shutdown

The poll also shows that more Americans would blame either Trump or congressional Republicans for the shutdown if it happens. Only 31 percent would blame Democrats, while 21 percent would blame Trump, and 26 percent would blame the Republicans. Another 10 percent would blame all three groups.

In response to the poll, the official social media account for the office of Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) tweeted, “But good news: We can do both because DACA is not on deadline today. This is a manufactured crisis.”

Can this poll be trusted?

The poll was conducted for CNN by SSRS with respondents questioned between January 14 and 18. 1,005 adults were polled. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points.

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