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among certain demographics xenophobia is strong and therefore border security polls well. That makes Republican politicians talk about it in front of elections.

Since the Republican electorate comprises about half of the population, Iím sure it includes plenty of xenophobes. But is there objective evidence that xenophobia is the main reason voters want to secure the borders? Or that Republican electorate is on average more xenophobic than Democrats?

It would be helpful to start by defining "xenophobia". It literally means "fear of foreigners". Does it matter if the fear is actually rational, e.g., being afraid of large numbers of Muslims many of whom support ISIS is perfectly rational.
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I would expect that if you do unconscious racism test you will get a result that correlates with wanting to secure borders.

Voting democrat correlates with openness to experience and openness to experience leads to less xenophobia.
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