About 80 percent of people living along the U.S.-Mexico border reject the plan by the presumptive Republican candidate for the White House, Donald Trump, to build a wall separating the two countries, according to a survey published Monday.
The poll, taken jointly by Latino television channel Univision, the Dallas Morning News and Arizona State University’s student-staffed Cronkite News, found that 86 percent of those living on the Mexican side are against the project, compared with 72 percent living in U.S. border cities.
On the other hand, 10 percent of residents in the Mexican cities of Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Acuña, Ciudad Juarez, Nogales, San Luis and Tijuana said they were in favor of one of the most controversial proposals of Trump’s election campaign, a proportion that rises to 22 percent in towns on the U.S. side.
The survey, also taken in the U.S. cities of Brownsville, Laredo, Del Rio, El Paso, Nogales, Yuma and San Ysidro, indicates that of those in favor of the wall, only 2 percent of those living in the U.S. believe Mexico should pay for its construction, as Trump demands.
The study, taken last April and May, was based on a sample of 727 respondents on the Mexican side and 700 on the American side, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.