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Sat Jun 25, 2016, 02:11 PM Jun 2016

Would national referendum on building a wall along the Mexican border possibly be approved? [View all]

The US does not have national referendums but ...

I figure one on building a wall on our southern border would start with about 35% support - mostly Trump supporters - who are probably more likely to vote on such a referendum than people who think it is a stupid, costly idea. So the Yes vote is 2/3 of the way to the 50% +1 they would need.

Could it attract another 15%? If it was a one-issue ballot, people who are frustrated with our income inequality and other middle class economic problems might think, "This is the first and maybe only time I will get to vote directly on something that might help my situation. If I vote NO, nothing will change. If I vote YES, things might get better."

While most liberals think that a wall is a dumb idea, could a referendum on it bring out enough conservative and disgruntled liberal and independent voters that it might actually be approved?

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No way a wall-building referendum passes nationwide. Voters would see the wall for what it is.
2 (22%)
Maybe but the wall-building proponents would have their fear-mongering work cut out for them.
1 (11%)
It would probably succeed. It is the only thing on the ballot. People want action. They'll vote Yes.
6 (67%)
It would sail through. Too many people are unhappy and want change.
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