Sheriffs’ Survey:  Nearly All Americans Want COVID-19 Tests For Immigrants, Large Majority Worried About Mexican Cartels

Sheriffs’ Survey: Nearly All Americans Want COVID-19 Tests For Immigrants, Large Majority Worried About Mexican Cartels

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 COVID-19 testing of migrants and concerns about Mexican cartels.

Sheriff Mark Dannels

America's sheriffs are on the frontlines confronting the unprecedented surge of thousands of immigrants streaming across the southern border. The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) and TIPP released a new survey today that reflects the opinion of the American people on the testing and vaccination of immigrants.

Additionally, the survey asked Americans about their views on criminal cartels flooding across the border, bringing violence, human trafficking of women and children, illegal guns, and dangerous quantities of opioids into virtually every American community.

America's sheriffs have continually appealed to the federal government to enforce existing immigration laws and provide clear guidance, substantive policies, and adequate funding to fix our nation's southern border crisis. Unfortunately, these calls have gone unanswered – and because of that, our country suffers.

Migrants Must Be Vaccinated, And COVID Tested: NSA/TIPP Poll

Sheriffs have constantly questioned federal leaders on vaccination and testing of illegal immigrants coming across the border. Federal officials often delegate this important responsibility to local non-profit groups who are already overwhelmed and underfunded,  which has led to a surge in COVID-19 cases across the south and the country.

Nearly all (96%) Americans think it is crucial to test immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border for coronavirus, and most favor mandatory vaccinations.  Americans also believe that the Mexican cartels are a security threat.  These are the key findings of a TIPP poll of 1,308 Americans for the NSA last week.

The poll asked immigration-related questions to only those following the immigration issue very closely or somewhat closely. A total of 766 Americans passed this screening criterion.

COVID-19 Testing Of Migrants

The NSA/TIPP Poll asked Americans, "How important is it to test migrants crossing the U.S.- Mexico border for COVID and quarantine them if positive?

Nearly all Americans (96%) think it is essential to test migrants crossing the Southern border for COVID.  79% believe it is very important, and 17% think it is somewhat important.  The feeling is shared across party lines and ideologies.  We present the results in the chart below.

COVID Testing Chart

Vaccine Mandate For Migrants

The NSA/TIPP Poll asked, "Should the United States vaccinate migrants crossing the U.S.- Mexico border or not?"

Nearly three out of four (74%) believe that the U.S. should vaccinate migrants crossing the Southern border.  One in ten (13%) say no, and 11% are not sure.

By party, 82% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans, and 71% of Independents support the move.

Ideologically, 82% of liberals, 71% of conservatives, and 73% of moderates back mandatory vaccinations.

Chart - Should the U.S.Vaccinate Migrants

Mexican Cartels And Safety

The NSA/TIPP Poll asked respondents to indicate the extent to which they agree or disagree with the statement:  The Mexican cartels are undermining American safety?

Eight in ten agree with the statement and believe that the Mexican cartels are undermining American safety.  53% agree strongly, and 29% agree somewhat.

Republicans (87%) are most likely to agree with the sentiment, followed by Democrats (83%) and Independents at 76%.  Also, nine in 10 conservatives (91%), 83% of liberals, and 76% of moderates think that the cartels are undermining American safety.

Chart - Cartels

About The Survey

TechnoMetrica conducted The TIPP Poll, an online survey for the National Sheriffs' Association, from September 29 to October 2.  The nationwide study had a sample of 1,308 Americans, 18 or older, and TechnoMetrica's network of panel partners provided the study sample. Of the 1,308 respondents, 766 were following the border situation very closely or somewhat closely.  We asked the questions covered in the story only to this subset of 766 respondents. 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.

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


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