Polls: Support for Democrats’ DACA strategy grew during government shutdown

After the government shut down on Saturday, Democrats saw increased voter support for using the spending standoff as leverage to pass legislation that would protect young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, according to recent Morning Consult/Politico polling.

A nationwide survey found that in the hours leading up to government funding running dry, voters were evenly split at 42 percent when asked whether passing a bill to grant protections to the young immigrants was worth a shutdown. After federal agencies began furloughing non-essential employees, more Americans sided with Democratic lawmakers – 47 percent to 38 percent – when asked the same immigration question in a Jan. 20-21 poll.