While it is a well-known criticism of manufactured news that polls can be made to say whatever the designer of the survey wants it to in the end, every now and then a headline gives cause for pause. One of those appears on the Breitbart site on Wednesday.
Survey: Only 2-in-15 Americans Aware of Soaring Illegal Immigration to U.S.
Unfortunately, given that the mainstream media has pretty much buried this information, and that a majority of Americans do not go on the hunt always for accurate information, this conclusion is believable.
Until one reads the details.
The latest Harvard/Harris Poll reveals that when Americans are asked how many illegal aliens are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, only about 13 percent answer correctly. Meanwhile, about 76 percent of Americans believe illegal immigration levels are vastly lower than they actually are.
For example, there were nearly 100,000 border apprehensions in April, alone. This puts illegal immigration at the southern border on track to outpace every year of illegal immigration under former President Obama and take the U.S. back to Bush era levels. At current rates, experts project there to be 863,000 border apprehensions this Fiscal Year, though this only counts illegal aliens who are caught at the border and does not include those who successfully cross.
Since Fiscal Year 2010, the number of border crossers and illegal aliens apprehended trying to enter the U.S. has been anywhere between 300,000 to 500,000.
In the Harvard/Harris Poll, though, less than two-in-15 American voters correctly said there are between 250,000 to 500,000 border apprehensions each year. Meanwhile, more than three-in-four Americans incorrectly said there are between zero to 250,000 border apprehensions a year.
Illegal immigration levels last month were 9X the level of April 2019 and are projected to outpace every year of Obama. https://t.co/1sYoxrW8w2
— John Binder 👽 (@JxhnBinder) May 10, 2019
This being the case, it seems to be that Americans, yes, know there are a lot of illegals being apprehended at the border, just not the actual number. It is also clear that the majority actually support the measures the Trump Administration is taking to put a stop to it.
When voters were told that there were more than 100,000 border apprehensions in the last month, the majority, about 52 percent, said they supported President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Another 48 percent said they oppose the national emergency.
Nearly six-in-ten working class and lower middle class Americans support the national emergency, as well as almost 65 percent of American voters who live in rural communities.
So, there we have it. A deceiving headline misrepresents that Americans are oblivious to the border crisis. What is not known by most people are the real numbers, and that is, in many ways, trivial in comparison to being aware.