The poll conducted by Scott Rasmussen and RMG Research surveyed 750 likely Arizona voters between Aug. 16 and Aug. 22, 2022, weighing results to match the state's population of likely voters. The poll's findings revealed a strong sentiment toward bolstering border security.
Forty-five percent of respondents expressed strong support when asked this question: "Do you favor or oppose building a wall on the border between Arizona and Mexico?" Another 17 percent said they somewhat support the move. Only 24 percent strongly opposed building a border wall in Arizona, while nine percent said they somewhat oppose it.
The poll's respondents also had strong belief that the surge of illegal aliens coming across the southern border constituted an invasion. Fifty-six percent said the surge of illegals was indeed an invasion, compared to the 38 percent who did not believe it was and the six percent who were not sure.
Fifty-six percent of respondents also said Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey should declare an invasion at the southern border, compared to only 35 percent who said he should not. Nine percent, meanwhile, said they were unsure if Ducey ought to declare an invasion. Declaring an invasion in Arizona would grant the governor more authority to detain and deport illegal aliens. (Related: State nullification: Arizona set to defy Biden regime amid ongoing "invasion" by illegal aliens.)
A large majority – 61 percent – expressed belief that while illegal immigration is bad, legal immigration is beneficial. Only 17 percent believed that all immigration is detrimental for the U.S., with the same percentage believing that both legal and illegal immigration is good.
"These numbers are very similar to those we see in nationwide polls," said Rasmussen. "Voters make an important distinction between legal and illegal immigration."
It appears that Ducey has been listening to his constituents' complaints about the surge of illegal immigrants at the southern border. He recently took the matter of border security into his own hands, utilizing shipping containers to plug the gaps in Arizona's portion of the border wall.
He ordered 60 double-stacked shipping containers and filled the border fence gaps near the city of Yuma. The shipping containers, standing about 22 feet high, were linked together and welded shut. The containers were reinforced with razor wire at the top.
Work for the $6 million project began on Aug. 12 and concluded on Aug. 14, with gaps in the border fence measuring 1,000 feet being completely plugged.
"Arizona has had enough," Ducey, a Republican, said in a news release.
"We can't wait any longer. The Biden administration's lack of urgency on border security is a dereliction of duty. For the last two years, Arizona has made every attempt to work with Washington to address the crisis on our border."
However, the shipping containers used to plug the border wall gaps did not last long.
A stack of two shipping containers was found collapsed on a nearby dirt road in Gadsden, Arizona. Journalist Claudia Ramos first broke the news on Aug. 15, sharing a photo of the containers on Twitter.
But this did not deter Ducey, who ordered similar works at two other sites farther north. The sites located near the Morelos Dam have 2,000 feet of open space – double the length of the gaps in Yuma.
Construction at the two sites began on Aug 16, the day after the dismantling of the two shipping containers erected in Yuma.
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