Texas Public Opinion on Donald Trump, Immigration, Border Security as the President Visits El Paso

President Donald Trump’s first visit to Texas of 2019 comes as another partial government shutdowwn looms, and as Trump’s demand for funding for a wall or similar barriers continues to meet resistance from congressional Democrats led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Trump will hold a rally in El Paso as opponents hold a counter-rally that will feature speeches by Beto O’Rourke and newly-elected congresswoman Veronica Escobar.

Below find relevant results from the most recent University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll that provide context for Trump’s reception upon his return to Texas, and his continued emphasis on immigration and the border with Mexico.

57 percent of Texas Republicans say the Trump administration has not gone far enough enforcing federal immigration laws.

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Gone too far81%38%9%
Been about right9%16%30%
Not gone far enough5%36%57%
Don't know5%10%4%


87 percent of Texas Republicans approve of how Trump has handled immigration and border security; 77 percent of Democrats disapprove strongly.

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Approve strongly3%20%62%
Approve somewhat3%15%25%
Neither approve nor disapprove6%14%3%
Disapprove somewhat10%7%3%
Disapprove strongly77%44%7%
Don't know2%1%1%


54 percent of Texans say undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States should be deported immediately. This includes 81 percent of Republicans, 23 percent of Democrats, and 57 percent of true independents.

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Strongly agree32%
Somewhat agree22%
Somewhat disagree19%
Strongly disagree26%

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Strongly agree11%35%51%
Somewhat agree12%22%30%
Somewhat disagree26%21%13%
Strongly disagree50%21%6%


66 percent of Texas Republicans and 49 percent of independents say the U.S. allows too many people to immigrate from other countries.

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Too many19%49%66%
Too few34%15%6%
About the right amount30%16%21%
Don't know/No opinion17%19%6%


62 percent of Republicans, 29 percent of independents, and 11 percent of Democrats cite immigration or border security as the most important problem facing Texas.

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Border security2%11%29%
Health care15%8%4%
Political corruption/leadership17%4%2%
The economy3%5%3%


Views of Trump’s personal traits remain deeply polarized along party lines.  

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Don't know1%11%6%

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Don't know3%8%2%


Trump's job approval has been very stable, including among Republicans.

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PollApproveDisapproveNeither/Don't know
February 201781%10%8%
June 201780%13%7%
October 201778%15%7%
February 201883%11%5%
June 201887%7%6%
October 201888%7%4%
February 201988%8%5%
June 201988%8%5%
October 201988%8%5%
February 202087%9%4%
April 202090%7%3%
June 202086%8%6%
October 202090%8%2%


Trump seems to instill faith in the executive branch among Republicans, while more than half Democrats don’t know which branch to trust, with a third of Democrats saying they trust the Supreme Court the most of the three branches.

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The U.S. Congress, the legislative branch12%5%4%
The President, the executive branch3%15%56%
The U.S. Supreme Court, the judicial branch33%32%24%
Don't know52%47%16%