A majority of voters in Texas is opposed to the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, according to a new poll taken as National Guard troops are being stationed in the area.
Fifty-three percent of Texas voters oppose the wall, a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found, while 43 percent support its construction, which was a central campaign promise of President Trump.
Plans for an impenetrable wall to span nearly 2,000 miles stalled last month when Congress allocated only $1.6 billion for border security measures in an omnibus spending package. Trump had demanded $25 billion.
Hispanic voters in Texas overwhelmingly oppose the wall, 72 percent to 25 percent, the poll found.
Voters in the state, however, widely support the use of National Guard troops to patrol the border, 60 percent to 37 percent.
Trump ordered the deployment in response to a “surge of illegal activity” in the region.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,029 Texas voters between April 12-17. The new survey has as a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
BY JOSH DELK – 04/19/18 01:11 PM EDT