Poll: Over half reject refugee plan
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Over half of Americans oppose President Obama’s plan for resettling Syrian refugees, according to a new poll.

About 53 percent of respondents in a new Bloomberg Politics survey oppose opening the nation’s borders to those fleeing the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.


Twenty-eight percent support Obama’s plan for resettling approximately 10,000 displaced Syrians by 2016.

Another 11 percent, Bloomberg Politics found, back accepting only Christian Syrians.

The remaining 8 percent, it added, are unsure of how the U.S. should proceed.

Obama’s Syrian refugee strategy is facing fierce scrutiny following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129. Reports emerged after the Nov. 13 massacre that at least one attacker infiltrated Europe by using a Syrian passport, though AFP later reported that the passport was either stolen or forged.

Wednesday’s poll found that Americans are almost evenly divided over whether similar violence is possible here.

Pollsters found that 48 percent are “mostly confident” that the U.S. is safe from a copycat attack. Another 46 percent are “mostly not confident,” with another 6 percent unsure.

Americans are nearly split evenly over whether ground troops are necessary against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which claimed credit for the attack.

Pollsters discovered that 44 percent back sending U.S. troops against ISIS, versus 45 who do not. Another 11 percent are unsure.

Americans were also found to be receptive toward military cooperation with Russia against radical Islam.

About 53 percent support those ties, Bloomberg said, with 35 percent opposing Russia’s help and 12 percent unsure.

Bloomberg surveyed 1,002 adult Americans aged 18 and older via cellphone and landline interviews Nov. 16-17. The poll has a 3.1 percent margin of error.

House lawmakers plan on voting Thursday on legislation that would freeze Obama’s Syrian refugee resettlement program until the administration certifies each refugee presents no terrorism risk.