According to President Donald Trump, his executive order temporarily banning all refugees and any immigrants from seven predominantly-Muslim countries is meant to keep America and Americans safe. A new survey finds that only a third of Americans agree with Trump's move.
"If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the 'bad' would rush into our country during that week," President Trump tweeted on Jan. 30, three days after signing his executive order and after a weekend of nationwide protests. "A lot of bad 'dudes' out there!"
Two days later, on Feb. 1, Trump again tweeted about the order. "Everybody is arguing whether or not it is a BAN," he wrote. "Call it what you want, it is about keeping bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!"
"I understand that the country was founded on immigrants," Cheryl Hoffman of Virginia told Reuters, which surveyed Americans on the ban along with Ipsos. "Please, I get that. But I’m worried that refugees are coming in and being supported by my tax dollars."
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The poll asked Americans three questions. In response to the first, just short of 50 percent of respondents said they agreed with Trump's executive order. However, broken down along party lines, nearly 80 percent of Republicans said they agreed, while about 20 percent of Democrats said they did.
Next, the survey asked whether respondents felt more or less safe as a result of the order. In total, about 30 percent of respondents said they felt more safe. However, about 55 percent of Republicans said it made them feel more safe, while not even 10 percent of Democrats said the same.
The final question asked whether respondents felt that the travel ban set a good example or bad example for dealing with terrorism. About 35 percent of Americans said that it set a good example, but once again, there was a significant partisan divide: over 60 percent of Republicans said the ban set a good example, while less than 10 percent of Democrats agreed.
"Yes, we do live in scary times," poll respondent Veronica Buetel of Ohio told Reuters, "but there are other, better ways to root out terrorism."