Poll Shows Only 33 Percent Oppose Trump's Temporary Ban on Immigrants From Terrorist Havens
A poll taken late last week shows that a majority of likely voters approve of President Trump’s temporary halt to refugees and visitors from seven Middle Eastern and African countries.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists form coming here. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed, while 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Similarly, 56% favor a temporary block on visas prohibiting residents of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States until the government approves its ability to screen for likely terrorists. Thirty-two percent (32%) oppose this temporary ban, and 11% are undecided.
The survey was taken prior to the weekend, so it remains to be seen whether the trumped-up media firestorm and Soros-sponsored protests had any effect on public opinion.
However, the findings are consistent with a Rasmussen poll from August 2016:
59% of voters agreed with Trump’s call for a temporary ban on immigration into the United States from "the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism" until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists.
The party breakdown of this latest poll is striking:
The refugee ban is supported by 82% of Republicans and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Democrats are opposed by a 53% to 34% margin. The numbers are nearly identical for the temporary ban on visas from these seven terrorist-plagued nations.
According to Rasmussen, men and women agreed to the policy in equal numbers. Younger voters were slightly less supportive.