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Results of Poll on Trump's Refugee Ban May Surprise You

Nearly 50% of Americans support it
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2017 6:43 PM CST

(Newser) – While President Trump's executive order banning refugees and others from seven Muslim nations had the appearance of being wildly unpopular—massive protests, lawsuits from multiple states, etc.—that's apparently not the case. A Reuters poll released Tuesday found 49% of American adults agree with the ban, while only 41% disagree with it. The results were split almost entirely along party lines.

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However, Slate reports the results were different when the question was phrased generally and without reference to Trump's executive order, with 44% saying the US should keep taking in immigrants and refugees, and 43% saying it shouldn't. The poll also found 56% of American adults think the US should "welcome Christian refugees, but not Muslim ones," something Trump has suggested. The online poll surveyed 1,201 people. (Read more refugees stories.)

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