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Trump Says 'Any Negative Poll' Is Fake News

| by Ray Brown

President Donald Trump said polls showing his executive order calling for a temporary immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority countries to be unpopular is "fake news."

"Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting," Trump tweeted.

According to the latest CNN poll, 53 percent of respondents oppose the temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, while 47 percent are in favor of it.

The poll also found that 46 percent of respondents think the ban makes them less safe from terrorism, while 41 percent believe it makes them more safe. And 12 percent said it wouldn't make a difference either way.

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And the majority of respondents to the CNN poll said Trump's executive order is indeed a ban on Muslims. Fifty-five percent said it was a ban, while 44 percent said it was not a ban.

But other polls tell a different story.

According to a Rasmussen poll, 57 percent of respondents said they support a temporary ban on refugees from the seven countries on Trump's list, while 33 percent were opposed and 10 percent were undecided.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll also found that more people favored Trump's ban than opposed it, reported The Guardian.

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According to that poll, 48 percent said they agreed with Trump's executive order, while 41 percent said they disagreed.

While polls show mixed reactions to Trump's ban, a federal appeals court sided with petitioners in a lawsuit to put a stop to the ban and then denied the Justice Department's request to resume the ban, reported CNN.

U.S. District Court Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee for the Western District of Washington, said the parties that have filed the lawsuit "have met their burden of demonstrating that they face immediate and irreparable injury as a result of the signing and implementation of the executive order."

In a filing, the Justice Department said courts don't have the same information as a president has and should not make such decisions.

"Courts are particularly ill-equipped to second-guess the President's prospective judgment about future risks," the filing stated. "Unlike the President, courts do not have access to classified information about the threat posed by terrorist organizations operating in particular nations, the efforts of those organizations to infiltrate the United States, or gaps in the vetting process."

Sources: CNN/ORC via Turner.com, CNN, The Guardian, Rasmussen, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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