Don’t let the big protests and the hashtags fool you: nearly half of all Americans support President Donald Trump’s plan to ban refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries.
A new Quinnipiac poll asked the American public, quite simply, “Do you support the refugee ban?”
48 percent of all responders said yes, they do support the ban. Just 42 percent said they did not.
Seven countries across the Middle East and Northern Africa were identified by the Trump Administration as “countries of concern.” They include Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen—nations that have been hotbeds of terroristic activity.
These seven countries already had strict visa and travel restrictions, put into place by President Barack Obama in 2015 and 2016. But while Obama’s executive order had made it more difficult for residents of those countries to enter the United States, Trump’s action banned them from entering altogether.
Trump’s order continues to be highly controversial—and, despite having the support of the silent plurality of Americans, has sparked protests at airports nationwide.