BY Kayla Dunlap
A Majority of Voters Favor the Trump Immigration Executive Order
If you’ve paid any attention to the news these days, you’re well aware of the controversy surrounding President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration. For anyone reading this memo who has been stranded on a desert island for the last two weeks, two Fridays ago, Donald Trump signed a 90 day immigration ban from 7 countries known for being hotbeds for terrorist activity – Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Sudan and Somalia. Cue riots and media frenzy. A little more than a week later, and in spite of a temporary court stay, the Trump Administration vows to press on. And while Senator Chuck Schumer vows that “tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty” as a result of this order, the question is, are they really?
Fielded last week, our most recent national survey suggests a majority of voters hold a different opinion than the narrative main stream media and big wig Democrats are pushing. In fact, 51% to 46%, voters say they favor President Trump’s executive order “restricting immigration from countries that are known terrorist hotspots.” Independents are almost evenly split at 49-48 favor while Republicans support Trump’s order by a staunch 87%.
Following this question, we gave voters competing arguments on the order, giving the best defense for both sides, and asked them to choose which statement came closer to their opinion. Once again, voters were more likely to back this EO as 49% say that the opposition is “misrepresenting the facts” and that this is only a temporary ban to give the DHS time to establish a better screening process. Additionally, they say “it is common sense to put the safety of Americans first.” This compares to 44% who say that this ban is both “offensive to Muslims and ineffective at preventing terrorism.” This 44% also say that this order will only lead to increased radicalization and that “America cannot turn its back to the thousands of refugees who are only trying to escape persecution in their own countries.”
Beyond the surface, we also find that 57% of undecideds on the generic ballot (25% of the survey), 56% of men, 53% of voters over 45, 86% of conservatives, and a stark 91% of Trump voters mimic the topline numbers in that they are all inclined to support Trump’s EO, believing that this ban is in fact temporary and that the Administration is right in prioritizing the safety of Americans.
Point being, sometimes the loudest voices don’t sway the electorate. While this is undoubtedly a very pointed and divisive issue, on the whole voters support Trump, just like they did when they elected him in November. Yet, somehow when the President follows through on one of his campaign promises, many fail to entertain the idea that it might just be what the majority of voters want.
Methodology: The referenced national survey was conducted by OnMessage Inc. Telephone interviews were conducted on January 31 – February 2, 2017. This survey consists of 1000 likely voters and was stratified to reflect historic voter trends. The margin of error for this survey is +/- 3.10%.