The murder trial of the illegal immigrant who allegedly murdered Kate Steinle, the woman behind “Kate’s Law,” began this week, while the topic of sanctuary cities has become a focal point in upcoming state gubernatorial campaigns. But while voters don’t believe sanctuary communities are safe, they’re less enthusiastic about taking legal action against them.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. Justice Department should take legal action against cities or states that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants, down from 50% a year ago and 62% in 2015. Just as many (45%) now don’t think the Justice Department should take legal action against these communities, up from 38%. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on October 22-23, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.