Almost 9 in 10 Republicans approve of GOP governors sending migrants to Democratic areas: poll

Nearly 9 in 10 Republicans said they approve of efforts by some GOP governors to send migrants who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to Democrat-run cities elsewhere, according to CBS News' Battleground Tracker released Monday.
The poll found that 87 percent of likely Republican voters approved the move, compared to just 20 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of independents. Meanwhile, 80 percent of Democrats disapprove of the tactic, compared to 13 percent of Republicans.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) caused an uproar earlier this month when he chartered flights to bring nearly 50 migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The move enraged Democrats, who accused DeSantis of using the migrants for a political stunt. and even made some Republicans privately uneasy.
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Widely considered the GOP's 2024 presidential nominee, DeSantis has built a national profile on hot-button issues like immigration.
He has defended the flights as "clearly voluntary," telling Fox News' Sean Hannity last week that areas like Martha's Vineyard "said they wanted this, they said they were a sanctuary jurisdiction."
But DeSantis isn't the first governor to send migrants to more liberal states. He and the Republican governors of Texas and Arizona have collectively sent more than 13,000 migrants by bus and plane to Liberal Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago and Martha's Vineyard.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has led the charge and has been sending migrant buses north since the spring to protest the Biden administration's immigration policies. Buses from Texas dropped more than 100 migrants outside Vice President Harris' D.C. residence earlier this month. away.
Among those in the CBS poll who supported the actions of GOP governors, 88 percent said relocating the migrants "draws attention to the problem," and 80 percent said it "forces other states to look into the problem." to deal with".
Sixty percent of supporters said it was an "effective way to deal with illegal immigration," and less than half, or 44 percent, thought it was helpful to migrants.
86 percent of Republicans said immigration was a "very important" factor in their election to Congress, while just 40 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents said the same.
A recent poll conducted by Politico-Morning Consult found that voters are almost equally level in their opinion of whether or not the effort is reasonable.
The Battleground Tracker was conducted Sept. 21-23 among 2,253 registered voters, and the results on GOP governors' approval of migrant transportation and importance of immigration to congressional voting had margins of error of plus or minus 2.3 and 2.8, respectively percentage points . The results on why voters approved governors' actions had a 3.3 percentage point margin of error.
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