Close to half of Iowans that will likely attend the Republican presidential caucuses in the state agree with Donald Trump’s idea to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, according to a recent poll.
The poll conducted by Bloomberg Politics and the Des Moines Register shows that of the Trump supporters in the state hosting the nation’s first nomination balloting, 73 percent support the deportation of 11 million immigrants.
Though Trump has not explained how he plans to carry out the mass deportation, the numbers in the poll offer an explanation for the billionaire’s surging popularity, reports Bloomberg.
To carry out the deportation, it would cost between $400 billion and $600 billion, and take about 20 years, according to conservative American Action Forum.
Jeb Bush has been the most verbal in his opposition to Trump’s proposal. He has said the idea is “not realistic and does not embrace American values.”
Supporters of Trump’s fellow Republican candidates are more skeptical than his supporters on the proposal. Of the non-Trump Republicans, 40 percent say the mass deportation is a good idea. 45 percent disagree.
47 percent of likely attendees said that the mass deportation would be a “good way” to deal with undocumented immigrants. 37 percent said it would not be and 16 percent were unsure, reports Politico.
Two-thirds of all likely Republican caucus attendees listed “dealing with immigration” as one of Trump’s strong suits. 90 percent of Trump supporters listed immigration as a strength of his, and 59 percent of those who support another candidate also listed it as something he’ll do well with.
“You can’t do it all at once, but if they are illegal, they shouldn’t be here,” said Gerry Thronson, 64, who plans to support Ben Carson in the Republican caucus. “I’m not a Trump fan,” Thronson said. “He’s a blowhard, but I love the conversation he’s creating about immigration.”
The only issues that likely attendees believe Trump will excel further in is dealing with are improving economic conditions for the middle class, creating jobs, and international trade.