A Morning Consult poll released Wednesday shows that a majority of Americans support a temporary ban on immigration from many countries in the Middle East.

Via Morning Consult:

Following the Orlando shooting, [presidential hopeful Donald] Trump reiterated his call for a temporary ban on Muslims traveling to the U.S. Overall, Americans are largely split on the idea. Almost half (48 percent) said they support a ban, 40 percent said they oppose and 11 percent said they didn’t know or had no opinion.

There is a major divide on this issue along party lines. Almost half of Republicans (49 percent) said they strongly support this proposal, compared with 26 percent of independents and 16 percent of Democrats.

When asked if voters support or oppose a temporary ban on immigration from various countries, there was most support for a ban on immigrants from Syria and Iraq (56 percent and 55 percent, respectively).

The poll shows that Republicans (76 percent and 80 percent) and Independents (53 percent and 50 percent) were more likely to support a temporary ban on immigration from Iraq and Syria than Democrats (41 percent and 37 percent).


The poll, based on a survey of some 2,000 voters interviewed from June 15-18, has a margin of error of 2 percent.

The findings come several months after a Bloomberg poll found that a significant majority of Americans (61 percent) believe immigration is now jeopardizing the future of the U.S.

What do Intellectual Takeout readers think?

Would a “temporary ban” on immigration from these nations be in the interest of the U.S.? Or is this line of thinking stirring a nativism that could be detrimental to America? 

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