Why here and why now: Behind the scenes of the border poll

A new Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News poll surveyed nearly 1,500 people living in 14 U.S.-Mexico border cities.

The poll is the first of its kind in more than 15 years. Angela Kocherga, director of the Cronkite News borderlands bureau, said that though many news organizations have covered border issues, it is important to understand the experiences of those who interact with the border daily – especially during the presidential election season.

“There’s a lot about the border from candidates. We wanted to hear from people who lived on the border, to get their views, to get their voices,” Kocherga said.

A large majority of poll respondents on both sides of the border said building a new wall is not the solution for stopping drug trafficking and will add to a labor shortage. Many respondents also said the current political rhetoric about building a wall is hurting border relations.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

(Video by Joey Carrera/Cronkite News)

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