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Americans Are Against Amnesty For Illegals And Favor Increased Policing, According To New National Sheriffs' Association-TIPP Survey

In this article, Sheriff Mark Dannels (Cochise County, AZ) and Chair of the National Sheriffs' Association Border Security Committee, discusses the latest TIPP Poll results on the topic of amnesty and police funding.

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A plurality of Americans believe that crime has increased in their communities over the past year and want funding increased for policing.  Nearly one-half also oppose granting amnesty to the millions of foreign nationals who entered the country illegally.  These are the key findings of a TIPP poll of 1,306 Americans for the National Sheriffs' Association in late October.

Approximately 90 percent of illegal drugs entering the U.S. flows across the U.S.-Mexico border, causing a spike in violence and death throughout the interior of America.

In the Tucson Sector, including Cochise County, in the first 11 months of this federal fiscal year, there have been 183,000 arrests, 115,000 get-aways, and at least 162 migrants have died in southern Arizona, including 91 in the last month.

Migrants move quickly out of Cochise and the other 30 border counties into America. Many migrants tell us they are quickly transported to northern states, such as New Jersey and Oregon.

Increasing Crime

Over four in ten respondents (43 percent) believe crime has increased in their community in the last year, while 10% believe it has decreased.  Another third (36%) believe it has remained the same.  Among those polled, 10% were unsure.

Among regions, nearly half (47%) of respondents in the Western region reported an increase, followed by the Northeast (45%) and the South (43%). Only one-third of those polled in the Midwest (38%) reported an increase.

Over one-half of urban residents (51%) reported a spike in crime, compared to 42% of suburban and 36% of rural residents.

Only 30% of age 18 to 24 reported increase compared to 42% for 25 to 44, 46% for 45 to 64, and 48% for 65+.

NSA/TIPP Poll Results: Has crime in your community in the past year..?
NSA/TIPP Poll: Has crime in your community increased or decreased in the past year?

Increasing Police Funding

Four in ten (42%) want to increase the police funding, while one in six (17%) want to decrease. One-third (33%) want to maintain funding at the current level.

There was not a significant difference among urban (40%), suburban (43%), and rural (44%) categories.

By region, 45% of South, 43% of West, 40% of Northeast, and 36% of the Midwest support increasing police funding.

Voter's overwhelming made their voice heard on November 2, as Minneapolis residents rejected a measure to replace the police, while in Seattle, a more-pro law enforcement candidate was elected city attorney over a police abolitionist who celebrated property destruction.

Interestingly, most age 65+ respondents (56%) favored an increase, while only 18% of 18 to 24 favored an increase.  Age 25-44 (38%) and 45-64 (44%) fell between the lowest and highest age groups.

By race, 48% of White support increased compared to only 31% of Black and 33% of Hispanic.

NSA/TIPP Poll results: Should the police funding in your community be increased or decreased?
NSA/TIPP Poll Results: Should the polic funding in your community be increased or decreased, regions


Nearly one-half (47%) oppose providing amnesty to 7.1 Million foreign nationals who illegally entered the U.S.   The intensity of opposition was high, with 36% opposing strongly and 11% opposing somewhat.  Over a third (36%) supported providing amnesty, and 17% were not sure.

Amnesty is most popular among Democrats (59%) and liberals (59%). Republicans (72%) and conservatives (62%) oppose the idea. Independents (53%) and moderates (50%) were in between the two extremes.

NSA/TIPP Poll: Should amnesty be given to 7.1 million who illegally entered the united states?
NSA/TIPP poll Results: Should amnesty be given to 7.1 million who illegally entered the U.S.?

Sheriff Mark Dannels (Cochise County, AZ) is the Chair of the National Sheriffs’ Association Border Security Committee.

About The Survey

TechnoMetrica conducted The TIPP Poll, an online survey for the National Sheriffs' Association, from October 27 to October 29.  The nationwide study had a sample of 1,306 Americans, 18 or older, and TechnoMetrica's network of panel partners provided the study sample. Upon the study completion, TechnoMetrica weighted the study dataset by gender, age, race, education, and geographical region to mirror known benchmarks such as the U.S. Census. The credibility interval (CI) for the survey is +/- 3.6 percentage points, meaning the study is accurate to within ± 2.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been surveyed. Due to smaller sample sizes, subgroups based on gender, age, ethnicity, and region have higher credibility intervals.


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