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Most Americans support sending undocumented migrants to Democratic cities, poll finds

88% of voters believe that sending migrants to blue states is an effective way to draw attention to the immigration issue

Migrants bused from Texas arrive in Chicago
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September 27, 2022 5:40am

Updated: September 27, 2022 1:14pm

new poll found that more than half of registered voters approve of the decision of some Republican governors to send undocumented migrants to Democrat-run cities as the border crisis continues to get worse.

The CBS/YouGov survey found that 51% of voters approve of sending migrants to Democratic cities, while 49% do not approve.

Furthermore, 88% of voters believe that sending migrants to blue states is an effective way to draw attention to the immigration issue.

Recently, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott have sent planes and buses of migrants to Democratic cities.

Governor DeSantis took credit for sending two planes full of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a wealthy vacation island in Massachusetts, following up on his promise to send migrants to Democratic states. 

Abbott has bused more than 9,000 migrants from Texas to Washington D.C. since April. He has also sent more than 1,900 buses to New York City since early August and just recently several hundred to Chicago

As a result, officials in Washington, D.C., and New York have become overwhelmed by the influx of new migrants and are struggling to provide adequate shelter and supplies for the new arrivals.  

The poll also found that the support for relocating the migrants falls along partisan lines. Around 20% of Democrat voters approved of the move, while 87% of Republicans said they approved of DeSantis’ and Abbott’s actions. Additionally, around 52% of independents disapprove.  

The poll surveyed 1,253 voters between September 21 and 23.