Republicans and Democrats are more polarized on immigration than parties in the U.K. or Australia. Here’s why.

Of the United States, the U.K., and Australia, our recent survey suggests, U.S. public attitudes about immigration are by far the most polarized by party.

Part of this has to do with Trump’s embrace of anti-immigration policies, which has prompted Democratic voters to move left on the issue. But it also reflects differences in the three countries’ political party systems. In the U.K. and Australia, citizens with strong nativist sentiments have found a home in radical right minor parties, whereas in the United States, lacking viable minor party options, strongly anti-immigrant voters mostly identify with the Republican Party.

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