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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Major Partisan Divide on Arab Refugees

Major Partisan Divide on Arab Refugees

by Jim Lobe
If a major new poll released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution is any indication, the Republican Party under its presumptive presidential nominee is indeed returning to its nativist roots of the 1930s, at least on the question of whether or not the United States should accept refugees from far-off and violence-torn regions.
No less than 43% of self-described Republican respondents said that they would “strongly oppose” the US taking in refugees “from the conflicts in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries after screening them for security risks.” Another 20% of Republican respondents said they “somewhat oppose” such an initiative, while only ten percent said they would “strongly support” Washington’s acceptance of refugees from the areas.
By contrast, 77% of Democrats and 66% of independents said that they would either “strongly” or “somewhat support” providing safe haven here to the same refugees.

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