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57% Support Trump's Temporary Refugee Ban from Terrorist Havens

By Michael Morris | January 30, 2017 | 3:56pm EST
President Donald Trump, center, with Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Defense Secretary James Mattis, right, watching, signs an executive action on vetting at the Pentagon in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A recent Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 57% of likely U.S. voters favor President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees from seven Middle Eastern and African terrorist havens.

The Rasmussen telephone and online survey asked: “Do you favor or oppose a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here?”

 Thirty-three percent of likely U.S. voters responded that they were opposed to such a ban, while 10 percent (10%) responded that they were undecided, and 57 percent said they favored it.

Respondents were also asked: “Do you favor or oppose a temporary block on visas prohibiting residents of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here?”

Fifty-six percent of likely U.S. voters said they favored such a temporary block.

The Rasmussen Reports survey “was taken late last week prior to the weekend protests against Trump’s executive orders imposing a four-month ban on all refugees and a temporary visa ban on visitors from these seven countries.”

Not much has changed since a similar survey in August found that 59 percent of likely U.S. voters agreed with then candidate Trump’s call for a temporary ban on immigration into the U.S. from “the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism” until the government is better able to screen for potential terrorists.

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