NH citizens do not support building a fence on the border with Canada - 438 citizens, 927 responses

Aug 31, 2015

When asked about a northern border fence, Wisconsin Governor and Presidential candidate Scott Walker told NBC's Meet the Press that it was a legitimate issue. His response prompted the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) to ask Facebook members, “Should the U.S. build a fence on the border with Canada?”

A total of 55% of respondents answered the question directly or with a concurrence, with a larger than usual percentage of respondents opting to discuss other issues. Out of these responses, a 91% majority said they were opposed to building a fence with 9% for it. Of the remaining respondents, 23% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 22% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 438 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 927 responses.

Many respondents against a fence on the border with Canada suggested more attention should be spent on the southern US border. “Our greatest threat comes from our southern border—people from every country have been caught going through there,” said one respondent. “Our greatest hostilities emanate from there.” Others expressed concern at the message a fence would send to Canada with whom the US has enjoyed an historically strong relationship. “Winston Churchill once said our unmilitarized border was a sign of hope for humanity,” remarked one respondent. “Let's keep it that way.”

Those with the opposite opinion, however, cited security as a very real concern. “Our borders need to be secure,” said one gentleman. “I don't care who thinks it’s stupid and a waste. Our borders need to be secured—period.” Another respondent reasoned, “Just because most illegal aliens come from our southern border does not mean that our northern border should be left alone.”

The 45%  of commenters who opted not to give a yes or no answer to the question, instead addressing their comments to broader issues or to unrelated issues, discussed a wide variety of topics. Some commented on the Mexican economy, while others reflected on the nature of the relationship between the US and Canada. Others waxed humorous, as one woman remarked, “Canada probably wants a fence to keep Americans out.”

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

Do you think the U.S. should build a fence on our northern border? Why or why not? Leave a comment and have your say.

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