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
Poll Finds Nearly 50% of US Supports Trump's Refugee Ban
People begin to gather before a rally protesting President Donald Trump's travel ban on refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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.

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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