…according to Rasmussen, most people are just fine with it.
But first, let’s have a little theme music, shall we?
Now, with that out of the way, here’s a poll…
Most voters approve of President Trump’s temporary halt to refugees and visitors from several Middle Eastern and African countries until the government can do a better job of keeping out individuals who are terrorist threats.
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.
Back in August Rasmussen found that 59 percent of respondents were in favor of a temporary ban on people from countries where lots of terrorists originate. So this isn’t a major change; it’s been a majoritarian position for some time.
There has been an orgy of Democrat outrage over the order, and a lot of media-fueled confusion over what exactly is in it. In particular there has been a question over whether people who have dual citizenship from, let’s say, Iran and the UK, can get in. We’re told by a source with knowledge of the order that such people can get in using UK passports.
And of course, for six months in 2011 the Obama administration issued a ban on Iraqi travel to the US because of security concerns. So the idea that Trump is doing something unprecedented or out of the mainstream here is dumb.
Was the order hastily rolled out and perhaps sloppily done? Sure. Will Trump’s camp need to be a little cleaner about policy rollouts? Without question.
But the Rasmussen poll shows the public, by almost two to one, agrees with what the president is trying to do with the temporary ban on people from those countries where it’s impossible to properly vet refugees or immigrants and where there is an elevated risk of jihadists. If Democrats like Liz Warren and Chuck Schumer want to show up at airports with childish histrionics aimed at creating a furor, they should recognize they represent a decisively unpopular view and are spending political capital on something they’re unlikely to change public opinion on.