Politics

Poll: Most Americans Don't Support Banning Muslim Refugees

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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When Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump proposed banning Muslim immigrants, the issue quickly became divisive among voters, politicians, religious communities and foreign leaders alike. However, a new poll from NBC and the Wall Street Journal found that support for the idea is fairly low.

The poll found that 25 percent of survey respondents support the idea, where as 57 percent oppose it. The results were also along party lines - 42 percent of Republicans support the idea and 36 percent oppose it, but 75 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of independents disagree with Trump’s proposed ban.

A separate poll by Bloomberg politics which surveyed likely primary voters had similar results. Among potential Republican voters, 28 percent opposed Trump’s idea and 64 percent favored it, but among Democratic voters, 75 percent opposed the measure and 17 percent were in favor. 

Generally, 59 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Muslims, but 29 percent have a negative opinion. The figure hasn’t changed very much since 2002, but violent incidents of Islamophobia seems to be on the rise generally. According to Vox, there have been multiple instances where Muslims were attacked and harassed after Trump’s announcement.

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Sources: NBC News, Bloomberg Politics, Vox Image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr