President Trump has taken a lot of heat in the media over his “extreme vetting” executive order. Protesters have been posted at airports around the country and had near-saturation coverage in the media.
But while American TVs and news websites are filled with photos of screaming protesters, the majority of America isn’t screaming and isn’t holding up any protest sign.Image Credit: G. Morty Ortega / Getty Images
In fact, Rasmussen polls reports that most of them agree with President Trump.
The poll released Monday shows that 57% of Americans agree with Trump’s handling of the vetting issue:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists form coming here. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed, while 10% are undecided.
In all, 57% of Americans said yes to this question:
Do you favor or oppose a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here?
Rasmussen asked a second question about a temporary block on visas which got a similar thumbs up from voters:Image Credit: Screenshot/Rasmussen Reports
The results to this question were 56% yes:
Do you favor or oppose a temporary block on visas prohibiting residents of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here?
Thirty-two percent opposed a temporary ban and 11% were undecided. The margin of error for the poll is +/-3%.
The survey was taken late last week before airport protests started, but the numbers closely mirror Rasmussen’s last survey in August, when 59% of Americans felt the same way.
Social media blew up on all sides of the issue.
Sean Davis wanted people to remember why the crisis happened in the first place:
The Media Research Center called attention to the one-sided media coverage between the vetting for refugees versus Obama’s ban on Cuban’s refugees:
Media bias: 64 minutes on Trump’s temporary ban v 68 seconds on Obama ending Cuban refugee program https://t.co/ER6EvNnip7
— Rich Noyes (@RichNoyes) January 30, 2017
MSNBC’s Joy Reid called Trump a liar for comparing this to anything Obama ever did:
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 30, 2017
And Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was mocked for his tearful news conference in support of letting all refugees in the country without the additional vetting:
— USA NEWS (@USANEWS007) January 30, 2017
Amnesty International encouraged more dissent:
— Amnesty International (@amnestyusa) January 30, 2017
Former congressman Joe Walsh said the reaction to the Trump move was “radical”:
The Exec Order wasn't radical. At all. Pretty mundane really. Lets pause our refugee program for a few days.
What's radical is the reaction
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 30, 2017
Last year, an even larger majority of Americans — 62% — disagreed with President Obama’s plan to let in “tens of thousands” of refugees from those the Middle East and Africa. ISIS had announced plans to sneak in its members in the refugee population.
The massive refugee exodus, the largest “of our time” have been blamed on “U.S. and European inaction in Syria,” Libya falling into chaos and “Obama’s do nothing Syrian foreign policy” by The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News and World Report.