A slim majority of Republican voters are fully onboard with President Donald Trump’s insistence on building the U.S.-Mexico border wall that defined his 2016 campaign – even if it means bringing about a government shutdown in the process.
According to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday, 51 percent of GOP respondents would support a government shutdown if it meant that Congress would be forced to fund the proposed border wall.
The choice between keeping the government funded and erecting the wall looms ever closer as Trump ramps up his rhetoric.
“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he told supporters at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, last Tuesday.
However, congressional Republicans have balked at the possibility and have instead suggested that some sort of compromise may still be reached.
“I don’t think a government shutdown is necessary, and I don’t think most people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told reporters last week.
Despite the strong Republican support for a border wall despite potentially dire consequences, a strong majority of voters in both parties – 76 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of Republicans – think that
Congress should ultimately establish policies without putting government services at risk.
Among all voters, a border wall/government shut down eventuality was less popular, with only 28 percent backing that outcome. A majority (69 percent) encouraged Congress to take any steps necessary to avoid a government shutdown.
While voters’ opinions have not changed on the matter since they were last polled in April, a slew of new factors complicate the issue. When lawmakers return from recess next week, they must discuss whether to raise the debt ceiling and how much, if any, federal hurricane relief should be designated to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.