WASHINGTON—A new poll shows that a 43 percent plurality of Democratic voters support abolishing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a proposal that has become a rallying point for the progressive wing of the party.
According to a Morning Consult/POLITICO poll released Wednesday, 34 percent of Democratic voters support keeping ICE in place while 23 percent don’t know or have no opinion.
Among voters who identify as Republicans, 79 percent said that they want ICE to continue, 7 percent said it should be shuttered and 15 percent don’t know or have no opinion.
Closing ICE also finds scant support among independents, with 23 percent saying it should be gotten rid of, 54 percent saying it should be kept and 24 percent saying they don’t know or have no opinion.
In the lead-up to November’s midterm elections and the subsequent 2020 presidential election, some Democratic candidates and rising stars in the party have used the abolishment of ICE to respond to the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
“The President’s deeply immoral actions have made it obvious that we need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our values,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said in a recent Facebook post.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Congressional candidate who has captured widespread attention after defeating longtime Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in the state’s 14th district, has also made ending ICE a key piece of her campaign.
While ending ICE may play to the Democratic base, Wednesday’s poll, it appears that it could be a general election obstacle.
Thirty percent of all voters said that they would be “much less likely” to back a candidate who wants to end the agency and an additional 10 percent said they would be “somewhat less likely.”
In contrast, 13 percent said that it would make them “much more likely” and an additional 13 percent said that it would make them “somewhat more likely” to vote for a candidate.
President Donald Trump has latched onto the progressive goal to paint Democrats with a broad brush.
Every day, the brave men and women of ICE are liberating communities from savage gangs like MS-13. We will NOT stand for these vile Democrat smears in law enforcement. We will always stand proudly with the BRAVE HEROES of ICE and BORDER PATROL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2018
The Liberal Left, also known as the Democrats, want to get rid of ICE, who do a fantastic job, and want Open Borders. Crime would be rampant and uncontrollable! Make America Great Again
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2018
Wednesday’s poll was conducted among 1,999 voters, including 716 Democrats, 661 Independents and 621 Republicans, between July 6-10. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.