Poll: Most Texans want Muslims banned and illegals deported

A new poll conducted February 12-19 by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune indicates that support for stricter immigration policies is hardening among voters in the Lone Star State.

Only 18% of respondents strongly agreed with the statement that newcomers from other countries enrich Texas with their hard work and values.  An equal proportion (16%) strongly disagreed.

A majority (53%) of those polled said illegal immigrants currently living in the United States should be immediately deported, with just 23% strongly disagreeing.

Similar majorities oppose so-called “sanctuary cities” for illegal immigrants (59% disapprove, 21% support) and the acceptance of Syrian refugees even if they have undergone a security clearance (51% disapprove, 21% approve).

More Texans support (46%) banning Muslims from entering the United States than oppose the policy (41%).  Only 22% of the survey participants strongly oppose a Muslim entrance ban at the U.S. border.

Strong levels of support for a ban on Muslims entering the country exists across racial lines.  White voters support the ban 49% to 41%, Hispanics by 45% to 38%, and 38% of black voters approve of the policy versus 48% opposition.

While Republicans were more likely to take a clear majority hard line on immigration policy, the polling data showed that substantial portions of the Democratic voting base also hold equally strict views.