Americans Are Unhappy About Trump’s Newest Promise

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – A poll from The Economist and YouGov released on Wednesday found that the majority of Americans, 60%, supported continuing of birthright citizenship, despite former President Donald Trump’s vows that if reelected he would end it.

The poll specifically found that 60 percent supported that all those born in the United States should automatically be granted citizenship, regardless of their parent’s status, while only 25 percent said they did not support birthright citizenship. Fifteen percent were unsure about their position.

Trump, who is currently leading all of the polls for the GOP nomination in 2024, stated last week that if reelected one of the first things he would do is sign an executive order that would end birthright citizenship. Birthright citizenship is granted by the Fourteenth Amendment in the Constitution and it specifically reads that all those naturalized  or born in the U.S. are considered citizens.

Trump’s statement also came after the 125th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark, which deemed that all children born in U.S. are citizens even if their parents are non-citizens.

This is not the first time that Trump has spoken about ending birthright citizenship. However, most constitutional law experts do not believe that an executive order would be sufficient for removing a right that is protected by the Constitution

Sixty percent of white respondents and two-thirds of Black and Hispanic respondents all believe that birthright citizenship should continue. In all age groups, the majority believes that those born in the U.S. should have citizenship, and the same is true for the majority of suburban, rural, and urban respondents.

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