Poll: Less than one-third think Trump's immigration order will make them safer

Poll: Less than one-third think Trump's immigration order will make them safer

Less than one-third of Americans think President Trump's executive order preventing refugees and citizens from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S. makes them "more safe," a new poll finds.

According to the Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, 31 percent of people said the ban makes them feel "more safe" and 26 percent said it makes them feel "less safe."

Another one-third of respondents said it wouldn't make any difference.

Still, the poll found 49 percent of Americans agree with the order, while 41 percent disagree. 

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The percentage of Democrats who oppose the order was higher, with 53 percent of Democrats saying they "strongly disagree" with the measure and 51 percent of Republicans saying they "strongly agree."

Democrats are also more than three times as likely as Republicans to say the country should continue to welcome immigrants and refugees, whereas Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to agree that banning people from Muslim countries is "necessary to prevent terrorism."

The poll of 1,201 people was conducted between Jan. 30 and 31. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

Trump's executive order, signed last week, sparked backlash from many lawmakers. The order bars citizens from Lybia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days. It also halts the country's refugee program for 120 days and indefinitely stops the admittance of refugees from Syria.

The president and his team have strongly defended the order, arguing it is necessary to ensure national security. Trump and his top aides have also denied that the measure amounts to a Muslim ban.