Poll: 41% Want Wall Along the Canadian Border

'If you cut off one, they're going to come in the other way'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2015 5:55 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Maybe Scott Walker was on to something after all. A surprising number of Americans seem to be worried about hockey-playing hordes swarming over the border, according to a Bloomberg poll. Some 41% think there should be a "brick-and-mortar" wall along both the Canadian and Mexican borders, according to the poll of 1,001 adults, which Bloomberg says has a margin of error of 3.1%. "If you cut off one, they're going to come in the other way," a retired truck driver in Tennessee who supports Donald Trump tells Bloomberg. "It's desolate up there in some places on the Canadian border and they've gotta do something up there to stop them from coming in."

In Canada, the reaction to the poll ranges from disbelief to amusement to complete support, reports the CBC. "We need to keep them southern varmints out of our flower bed," quipped one Twitter user. Another says she wants a wall if Trump becomes president, though the CBC notes that Trump says he "loves Canada" and doesn't want a northern border wall. The Bloomberg poll found that Americans are split on other immigration issues, with 48% agreeing that legal immigration creates jobs, 49% saying that the US should take in more Syrian refugees, and 54% agreeing with this statement: "Immigration is a national security concern, so legal and illegal immigration should be decreased."

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