Stunning New Poll Shows Just How Strongly Americans Oppose Trump’s Travel Ban
Trump’s travel ban might be just as unpopular as he is
Pres. Trump’s two attempts at enacting a travel ban on visitors and refugees from many predominantly Muslim nations are wholly Un-American. And now we have the proof that most Americans agree.
As reported by the New York Times, Pres. Trump has issued two versions of his ban prohibiting travelers from seven different Middle Eastern and African nations from entering the country, namely, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, and Libya. The first order was blocked in federal court and defeated under appeal. Trump then gave it a second try by just removing Iraq from the list. The order was again blocked by wise federal court justices.
So where do Americans stand on Trump’s attempts to shut-off part a of the world he so offensively stereotypes?
According to a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released today, 57% of Americans believe the courts did the right thing in halting the ban while only 39% say the courts were wrong to interfere. Unsurprisingly, there is a vast difference in opinion between those identifying as Democrat or Republican. 82% of Dems supported the courts while 73% of Republicans believe they ruled incorrectly. But what is telling is the breakdown of the independents’ responses: 56% of them agree with the courts. Independents are a great bell-weather for the true mood of a nation. We of the Left or Right are pretty much set in our opinions, but independents are still open to both sides. And those independents often decide elections when party turnout is low.
When the Trump issued his initial travel ban we knew that it was an attempt to keep those of the Islamic faith from entering the country. The President most likely believes every Muslim is one step away from being a terrorist, if not already one, if we judge him by his actions. But the American people recognize these executive orders for what they are, according to poll results.
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Accordingly the AP-NORC poll shows that 50% of respondents believe that the prevention of Muslims entering the country was the main reason for the ban, 20% thought it was a minor reason, and 28% believe that it was no reason. A telling quote from an independent voter in the AP article reveals what most of us already know:
From the beginning President Trump said, even before the election, that he intended to ban Muslims, not that he intended to ban terrorists but Muslims…. That’s just not right.
In this Nation of Immigrants, it’s comforting to find that most Americans still find that vulgar stereotypes are simply wrong, or as the respondent said above, “just not right.”
The AP-NORC poll of 1,068 adults was conducted June 8-11 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.
Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods and later interviewed online or by phone.
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