Poll: Nearly half of Arizona sees Donald Trump’s border wall as a waste of money

Oct 24, 2016, 12:32 PM | Updated: Oct 25, 2016, 11:13 am

(AP Photo/Russell Contreras,File)...

(AP Photo/Russell Contreras,File)

(AP Photo/Russell Contreras,File)

PHOENIX — Nearly half of Arizona sees Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s idea to build a wall along the nation’s border with Mexico as a waste of money, a poll said.

The poll from Reuters/Ipsos said 47 percent of Arizonans think the wall is the equivalent of throwing money down the drain, while 34 percent said the border wall would be an effective barrier.

The remainder selected neither.

“As big and powerful, as rich as this nation is, we cannot just leave the door open,” said Tony Estrada, Santa Cruz County Sheriff, who has served in law enforcement in the border county for 49 years. “But, we need a realistic and humane process. Donald Trump is … catering to people’s fear.”

Reuters said the poll’s numbers were fairly similar to those seen nationwide, where 49 percent of Americans said the wall is a waste and 31 percent feel it would be effective.

The poll’s numbers changed in Arizona, however, when the responses from those who identify as Republicans were considered. Just 21 percent called the wall was a waste of money, compared to 57 percent who said it would make an effective barrier.

Trump has emphasized his border wall for more than a year and has claimed Mexico will pay for the wall, something that nation has said it will not do.

The wall is part of Trump’s 10-point immigration plan, which he unveiled in a Phoenix speech earlier this year.

The poll was conducted between Oct. 5 and Oct. 19 and included responses in English and Spanish from 2,600 people.

Arizona Election


KTAR Video

Video: Kari Lake says she doesn’t know who stole the election from her

In an interview with Bruce St. James and Barry Markson, Kari Lake admitted that she doesn’t know who stole the 2022 election from her. She says the elections are poorly run, without evidence of how she was wronged. Video: Jeremy Schnell and Ed Cole/KTAR News Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images

20 hours ago

Kari Lake greets supporters after announcing her bid for the seat of U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Oc...

Kevin Stone

Here’s what Kari Lake said about abortion, Ukraine, border, more in wide-ranging interview

Arizona U.S. Senate hopeful Kari Lake discussed her views on abortion, the war in Ukraine, border security and more in a wide-ranging radio interview Monday.

1 day ago


KTAR Video

Video: Kari Lake on 2022 election fraud claims, current state of the border

U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake joined KTAR News’ Outspoken with Bruce and Gaydos to discuss her various election fraud cases, current border policies trying to pass in Congress and reaching Arizona voters. Bruce St. James and guest host Barry Markson also inquire what it will take for Lake to unblock them both on social media. […]

1 day ago

Clint Hickman...

Danny Shapiro

Clint Hickman says threats deterring Arizonans from seeking office

Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman believes continued vitriol is driving people away from elected positions in Arizona.

1 day ago

U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko....

U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko files to run for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko filed to run for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in District 4 to replace outgoing supervisor Clint Hickman.

2 days ago

Close-up of Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes on the left and the state Capitol with its cop...

Kevin Stone

Arizona Sec. Adrian Fontes blames thwarted election crisis on ‘rumors,’ ‘conspiracy theories’

Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes thinks lawmakers addressed the wrong issue when they revised the state’s election calendar.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.


Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.


Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

Poll: Nearly half of Arizona sees Donald Trump’s border wall as a waste of money