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Most Americans oppose border wall, don't believe illegal immigrants commit more crime

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
After blocking the doors to the building, an activist is arrested by members of the New York City Police Department. (Photo by AFP)

Most of Americans do not support construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border while the majority do not believe that immigrants commit more crimes than US citizens, a poll shows.

Despite US President Donald Trump’s campaign against immigrants since his 2016 victory, a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found that 72 percent of Americans do not think "undocumented immigrants commit more crimes than American citizens do."

On the other hand, 13 percent of Americans think otherwise.

Additionally, 63 percent do not believe that "undocumented immigrants take jobs away" from citizens, while 33 percent think that is the case.

Conducted from February 2-5 with a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points, the Quinnipiac poll results were released at a time of ongoing debates in US Congress about immigration, which could potentially cause a government shutdown.

A majority of the voters, meanwhile, oppose the construction of Trump’s long promised wall.

Fifty-nine percent of voters disagree with the idea while only 37 percent support such a measure, according to the poll.

Trump has vowed to crack down on immigration but has failed to get his complete agenda through so far.

Since campaigning for the 2016 presidential election, the New York billionaire has been accused of stoking racial, ethnic and religious tensions lurking within America.

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