By Nick Gass
June 2, 2016
Donald Trump has vowed from the beginning of his campaign that upon being elected president, he will commission the construction of a wall on the United States' border with Mexico and make the country's southern neighbor pay for it. He has made his call to deport all undocumented immigrants in the U.S. central to the endeavor. And since the days following the San Bernardino terrorist attack, the presumptive Republican nominee has called for a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the U.S.
But a majority of voters are not buying that he will follow through with any of those pledges, nor do they think Hillary Clinton will attempt to rein in Wall Street, limit the influence of secret money in politics or make in-state and community college tuition debt-free, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University national poll out Thursday.
While 53 percent of those surveyed said Trump would try to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, just 24 percent said he would be successful. Of all the demographic and ideological groups surveyed, only a plurality of Republicans said Trump would both try and succeed. Another 29 percent overall said Trump would not even attempt to build the wall.
On Trump's plan to deport the millions of immigrants in the country illegally, 64 percent said he would try, but just 19 percent said he would prevail. Another 29 percent said Trump would not try to deport the approximately 11 million people who would be affected by such a plan.
As far as Trump's declaration last December that all Muslims should be banned from immigrating to the U.S. until the situation could be settled, 71 percent said he would try, while only roughly three in 10 (29 percent) said he would triumph. Even so, 21 percent said Trump would forget about the ban and not even try.
With respect to Clinton's remarks that she would like to remove secret money from politics, more than six in 10 (63 percent) said the former secretary of state would not even try, while 27 percent said she would attempt to do so. Just 9 percent said Clinton would be successful in that endeavor.
On Clinton's call to rein in Wall Street, 56 percent said she would not try, while just 15 percent said she would try and be able to do so. A slightly higher share of 22 percent said Clinton would follow through and be successful in implementing debt-free in-state and community college tuition, although 39 percent said she would try and fail and 32 percent said she would not try.
The poll was conducted via landlines and cellphones from May 24-30, surveying 1,561 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
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