More Americans approve of Trump’s travel ban than disapprove – poll
Posted on February 1st, 2017


Despite nationwide protests and several major Republican figures speaking out against President Trump’s controversial travel ban, a new poll has revealed that more Americans actually support the ban than oppose it.

A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday found that 49 percent of Americans approved of the executive order to ban citizens from seven mostly Muslim countries from entering the US. Forty-one percent disapproved.

Some 53 percent of Democrats said they strongly disagree” with the decision. They were also more than three times as likely as Republicans to say that the US should continue to take in immigrants and refugees.”

Meanwhile, 51 percent of Republicans said they strongly agree” with the ban, and were more than three times as likely to agree that banning people from Muslim countries is necessary to prevent terrorism.”

Thirty-one percent of respondents said the ban made them feel safer, compared to 26 percent who said it made them feel less safe. Forty-three percent said they didn’t know.”

Republicans were more likely to say the ban made them feel safer, at 58 percent, while only 10 percent of Democrats felt the same.

When asked whether the US should welcome Christian refugees, but not Muslim ones, 72 percent of Democrats disagreed, compared to 45 percent of Republicans.

And finally, 68 percent of Republicans agreed that the travel ban is setting a good example” of how to confront terrorism, while 70 percent of Democrats said it’s a bad example.

The poll comes amid worldwide protests of Trump’s executive order, which suspends the admission of citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 120 days.

UN human rights experts said on Wednesday that the ban contravenes international law and could have devastating effects for those at risk of facing inhumane treatment in their home countries.

“Such an order is clearly discriminatory based on one’s nationality and leads to increased stigmatization of Muslim communities,” the experts said in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.

“Recent US policy on immigration also risks people being returned, without proper individual assessments and asylum procedures, to places in which they risk being subjected to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, in direct contravention of international humanitarian and human rights laws which uphold the principle of non-refoulement,” they added.

The ban has also been widely criticized by Democrats, as well as several Republicans, including senators John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC).

This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country,” the senators said in a joint statement.

Meanwhile, Trump has denied allegations that the ban targets Muslims because of their faith, but is rather intended to keep people out of the US from countries afflicted by terrorism who could pose a threat.

This is not about religion,” Trump said in a Friday statement. This is about terror and keeping our country safe.”

The Reuters/Ispos poll, which was conducted online on January 30-31, surveyed 1,201 people from all 50 states, including 453 Democrats and 478 Republicans. It has a margin of error of three percentage points for the entire sample and five percentage points for Democrats and Republicans.


4 Responses to “More Americans approve of Trump’s travel ban than disapprove – poll”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    During the EELAM conflict in Sri Lanka, that often affected Tamils more than other citizens was heavily criticized by the West as “discussed riminating” against Tamils, ignoring the fact that Tamils were being checked for security not because thet were Tamils, but because ALL of the TERRORISTS were Tamils!

    The Tamil Community as a whole NEVER spoke up against these terrorists, but supported them in public and in private referring to them as “our boys” and gleefully enjoying their murderous triumphs!

    The same type of HYPOCRISY is now evident in the US and in Muslim majority countries around the world with respect to Donald Trump’s TEMPORARY BAN on travellers from seven Muslim countries to the US.

    This BAN is on Muslim travellers from those countries not because they are Muslims, but because most Muslim terrorists originate from those countries.

    As in Sri Lanka, when security checks on Tamils meant more people would be killed in massive terrorist bombings, in the United States if security cecks and travel security measures are relaxed, more Americans would die in terrorist operations.

    The highest priority duty of any government, including the Sri Lankan government and the United States governments, is to defend and protect the lives of its citizens, and Donald Trump is discharging his duty to his people as he promised to do.

    This is EXACTLY what President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised to do when he was elected, and he discharged his duty to his people in the most exemplary manner. The freedom from terror that prevaSti zlanla, iled in Sri Lanka since May 18, 2009 testifies to that accomplishment that benifited not only the Sinhala majority and Muslims, but also saved the Tamil people from the brutality of their self-appointed saviours!

    Those who witch-hunt Mahinda Rajapaksa and the officials of his government are UNGRATEFUL TRAITORS or outright enemies.

    I wish President Donald Trump every success in discharging his duty to his people.

    I hope and pray that he will re-evaluate the policies of the previous US Administrations against Sri Lanka and be sympathetuc to our struggle.

    I hope he will help Sri Lanka regain it’s place in the sun as one of the few functioning democracies that in modern times has defeated and uprooted a diabolical terrorist movement aided and abetted by foreign powers …. without the assistance of any foreign forces.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Agree with USA.

    BUT USA has NOT banned SAUDI the biggest terrorist exporter. 11 out of 15 9/11 attackers were from Saudi.

    Even TRUMP is scared of Saudi.

  3. Ratanapala Says:

    If President Trump sticks to his election agenda he will go down in history as one of the greatest the country has ever known. He should change his tack on China and perhaps Iran to make the world a safer place. He should engage all peace loving countries and give up on the warmongers in the soon to be extinct European Union.

    He should be wary of the warmongers in the Pentagon, CIA, in the Republican and Democratic Parties who will bring obstacles to making peace with Russia. Russia constituting one sixth of the world land mass presents vast opportunities and resources for US to make friends, invest and prosper. Russia is a conservative Christian country just like the USA. It is not the Soviet Union of many decades ago! They are reaching out to the world and they must be embraced. The world must respect Russia’s borders and the need for their security. It is one country that suffered most during the World War II.

    Before the Nazi onslaught all European countries including France, Checkoslavia, Poland,Rumania fell like nine pins. If not for Marshal Stalin and Russian perseverance, whole of Europe not forgetting the rest of the free world would be under the jackboots of the Nazis.

    The end of Theocracy will come to Iran if it is allowed to enter the free world and prosper. This country too has vast resources and an educated people who will readily give up Shia ideology. More the West tries to contain Iran more her hapless people will stay prisoners of the Mullahs! Sanctions against Iran strengthen the Mullahs and their barbaric theocracy.

    The worst violator of human rights in the world the Saudi Wahhabi Regime should be taken to task. On this matter most of the world will agree. There must be an end to the spread of the cancer of Wahhabism. President Trump should help all third world countries that have fallen or are falling prey to Wahhabism. This includes Sri Lanka!

  4. RohanJay Says:

    Finally Americans have a president who is actually American and patriotic to his country. Unlike the Previous President, where there is considerable doubt if Obama is actually American born. Making Obama’s 8 years in power illegal under the terms of the American constitution. Americans after two terrible presidents finally can feel really good about themselves and their country that they actually have a patriotic American in charge who puts Americans and United States of America first.

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