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Majority of Arizona voters don’t support removing border security

PHOENIX — A majority of likely voters in Arizona do not support removing the current border security, a recent survey found.

The survey from Data Orbital found that only 22 percent of likely general election voters across Arizona supported eliminating current border security measures and the existing barriers.

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On the other hand, more than 64 percent opposed that measure, with about 13 percent of voters still undecided.

The opposition to eliminating current border security varied across parties: 45 percent of Democratic voters and more than 65 percent of Independent voters opposed the move.

But Republicans led the charge at opposing those policies, with nearly 80 percent opposed.

When the survey looked at gender, it found that a majority of both males and females opposed removing the current border security. However, males showed a stronger opposition, at 70 percent.

Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 were the only age category where a majority was not opposed and was the most undecided, at 22 percent.

Older voters, who made up 40 percent of survey respondents, had the highest opposition at 71.4 percent.

“As we look at the sentiment of likely voters toward border security, we see that across party, gender, and age, voters tend to oppose removing the current security measures, including the existing fencing, walls and other physical barriers,” George Khalaf, president of Data Orbital, said in a statement.

“With candidates staking out a variety of positions on immigration and border security as the Arizona primary and November 2018 midterms approach, the results show that for Arizona voters, current border security measures are a baseline.”

The survey was conducted among 550 likely general election voters in Arizona between Aug. 7 and 8.

Seventy percent of the results were conducted from landlines, while the other 30 percent were from cell phones.

Respondents were weighted on a number of different demographic figures based off historical Arizona general election turnout, according to Data Orbital.

The margin of error was plus/minus 4.18 percent, with a 95 percent confidence interval.

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