September 22, 2017

New poll: Majority of Americans support Trump’s travel ban

The latest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban is a winner — at least politically — according to a new survey released Wednesday.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll shows 60 percent of all voters support the State Department’s “new guidelines which say visa applicants from six predominately Muslim countries must prove a close family relationship with a U.S. resident in order to enter the country.”

Only 28 percent said they oppose the new guidelines.

This latest poll does not specifically mention the president’s name, suggesting the actual policy might be more popular when separated from Trump.

A whopping 84 percent of Republicans back the travel restrictions and 56 percent of independent voters agree with the policy. Democrats are split on the issue, with 41 percent supporting the new guidelines and 46 percent opposing them.

“Since we last asked about Trump’s travel ban, we’ve seen a drop in those who oppose the executive order,” said Kyle Dropp, chief research officer and co-founder of Morning Consult. “Though, we’ve also seen an uptick in those who do not have any opinion on the matter or have yet to settle on one.”

The survey was conducted June 29-30 and surveyed 1,989 registered voters. It had a margin of error of 2 percent. The polls comes after the U.S. Supreme Court decided June 26 to allow a limited version of Trump’s travel ban to take effect.

The justices have allowed the president’s temporary ban on individuals traveling from six Muslim-majority countries — Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. However, the restrictions “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The court will hear arguments on the travel ban in October.

The justices, though, have asked both sides whether or not it is worth considering the ban in the fall, given the 90-day travel ban will be over and the 120-day freeze on refugees entering to the U.S. will be nearly ended.

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