Poll: Most Utahns oppose building a wall on the Mexico border

Like the rest of America, most Utahns don’t want to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, a new UtahPolicy poll finds.

Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that 58 percent of Utahns “strongly” or “somewhat” oppose the building of the billion-dollar-plus wall.

Forty-one percent favor the wall.

And only 1 percent don’t have an opinion on it.


Nationally, a recent Washington Post survey found that 61 percent of Americans oppose building the wall – which is a cornerstone of GOP President Donald Trump’s immigration reform plan.

So far Congress has not approved the wall, which Trump claims Mexico will somehow pay for – even though Mexican leaders say that won’t happen.

While 58 percent of Utahns don’t want the wall, Jones finds that 46 percent “strongly” oppose the wall.

So there is serious opposition to it here.

Jones sees:

  • As might be expected, Utah Republicans favor building the wall, 63-36 percent. But, still, a third oppose it.
  • Democrats are really against the wall, 94-6 percent.
  • And political independents are against the wall, 72-27 percent.

Younger Utahns, who are more progressive in their attitudes, Jones has found in previous polls, oppose the wall, while their parents, not so much.

  • Among those who are 25-34 years old, oppose the wall, 72-23 percent.
  • But those who are 55-64 years old favor the wall, 55-43 percent.

Liberals are opposed to the wall – more than 90 percent.

Those who said they are “very conservative” politically favor the wall, 75-24 percent.

Those who are “somewhat conservative” like it, 51-46 percent.

Moderates oppose the wall, 77-22 percent.

Finally, even though leaders of the LDS Church have spoken against some of Trump’s immigration ideas – like trying to keep Muslims from some countries out – among those who told Jones they are “very active” in the Mormon Church, 50 percent oppose the wall, while 49 percent favor it.

Those who told Jones they have “no religion” oppose the wall, 85-16 percent.

Jones polled 608 adult Utahns from Aug. 30-Sept. 5. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.97 percent.