(CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is pulling out all the stops to build a border wall between his state and Mexico, and a new poll shows that his base is all for it.
Texas Republicans are overwhelmingly supportive of Abbott’s border wall effort: 89% support it and only 8% are opposed, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. Overall, 50% of Texas voters support it, while 46% are opposed.
Abbott, a Republican up for reelection in 2022, is even soliciting private donations to help make it possible. In just one week, Texas received $459,000 in private donations for its planned wall at the southern border, according to numbers from Abbott’s office, the Texas Tribune reported on June 23.
The Republican governor has yet to release a cost estimate, timeline or specific locations for the project, though he told the Texas Tribune that “hundreds of miles” of wall would be built.
While nearly half a million dollars is a sizable chunk of cash for a crowdsourced fundraiser, it appears to be a drop in the bucket compared with the potential cost of the wall. Already Abbott has sought to divert millions in federal funds intended for Covid-19 relief to the wall effort — and Texas Democrats are not happy about it. That’s on top of the $250 million “down payment” coming out of the state’s budget.
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