Poll: Few support Syrian refugees entering US

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Only 36 percent of U.S. voters support accepting Syrian refugees into the country, according to a Chicago Council on Global Affairs poll released on Monday.

Voters have mixed opinions on the best tactics for countering the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the survey found, with 72 percent backing continued airstrikes in Syria and 57 percent supporting more special operations forces.

{mosads}Only 42 percent favor sending combat troops into Syria, which has suffered from civil war since 2011.

Fifty-two percent, meanwhile, favor enforcing a no-fly zone over Syria, including bombing Syrian air defenses.

Pollsters additionally found voters have little enthusiasm for helping either Syrian leader Bashar Assad or the rebel forces opposing him.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs conducted its poll of 2,061 adults nationwide via online interviews from June 10-27. It has a 2.2 to 3.5 percent margin of error depending on the survey question.

The Obama administration is on track to reach its goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. by the end of September.

Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, said earlier this month that 8,000 Syrians have already been resettled.

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump last year called for a ban on Muslims emigration to American soil. Trump has since modified his position to block immigrants from countries “compromised” by terrorism after fierce criticism of his initial proposal.

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