Poll: More than half oppose Trump travel ban


More than half of voters oppose President Trump’s temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, according to a new poll.

Fifty-one percent reject the controversial 90-day freeze in a Quinnipiac University survey released on Tuesday.

Forty-six percent support Trump’s restrictions on travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, while 3 percent are uncertain.

{mosads}Quinnipiac found opposition to Trump’s 120-day pause on general refugee admissions into the U.S. is even less popular.

Sixty percent oppose that measure, while 37 percent support it and 3 percent remain uncertain.

Seventy percent reject Trump’s indefinite halt on Syrian refugees, while 26 percent like the move and 4 percent are not sure.

“Message to President Donald Trump: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,’ still has profound resonance with Americans,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s poll, said in a statement Tuesday.

“Significant pushback on immigration tells the president that many voters are not on board with a ban on refugees and that voters are strongly opposed to holding back those most threatened, Syrian refugees.”

Tuesday’s results also found that more than half of respondents disagree with Trump’s argument that last month’s executive order is not directed at Muslims.

Fifty-one percent say Trump’s directive is intended as a ban on Muslims, while 45 percent disagree.

Thirty-nine percent say Trump’s executive order will make the nation less safe, contrasted with 38 percent who say it increases safety.

Twenty-eight percent believe Trump’s measure, which has sparked weeks of global debate, will not impact U.S. security.

A federal judge in Seattle last Friday issued a temporary nationwide restraining order on implementing Trump’s order.

Sixteen Democratic attorneys general have also joined a lawsuit against the controversial measure.

The group’s Monday filing outlined the immigration order’s impact on residents, economies and education and medical institutions nationwide.

Trump and administration officials have argued the president’s decision is crucial for preventing radical Islamic terrorism in the U.S.

Quinnipiac University conducted its latest survey of 1,155 voters nationwide via cellphone and landline telephone interviews Feb. 2–6. It has a margin of error of 2.9 percent points.

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