November saw a dramatic increase in the proportion of people who saw immigration and illegal immigrants as the United States’ top problem, according to data published earlier this week.
Gallup reported that while only 13 percent of Americans saw the issue as the country’s top problem in October, 21 percent said the same in November.
The numbers came in the same month that President Donald Trump used immigration and security concerns to campaign against Democrats, who eventually took control of the House in the midterm elections.
It also came alongside news that the controversial migrant caravan was fast approaching the U.S. from Central America.
Before November, Americans ranked “dissatisfaction with government/poor leadership” as America’s top problem. That figure saw an even bigger drop that immigration, falling from 27 percent to 18 percent.
It appeared that immigration was always a concern, as it was the second-highest ranked problem in October. It merely switched places with the dissatisfaction problem, indicating that voters considered Democratic control.
The poll, which took place Nov. 1-11 — before and after the midterm elections —showed satisfaction decreasing for the way things were going in the U.S. Satisfaction fell from 38 percent in October to 35 percent in November.
The poll came as the president said he might shut down the government over the immigration issue. Congress was just weeks away from a budget battle that represented Trump’s best chance at getting border wall funding before Democrats took their House majority in 2019.