Posted on January 27, 2017 in Press Releases
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Contact: Jennifer Salan, 202-429-9210 / jsalan@aaiusa.org  

 

Plurality of Americans Stand with Refugees and Undocumented In Contrast to Policies Outlined by President Trump  

(Washington) A plurality of Americans support refugee resettlement and undocumented immigrants, contrary to policy positions laid out by President Donald Trump. That’s the key finding of an Arab American Institute commissioned poll of American attitudes on issues that deeply affect our community and our allies. Americans also oppose a so-called “Muslim ban” and do not believe in the false choice of compromising fundamental rights for national security. 

As advocacy groups work to stand-up for long-held American ideals of inclusion, these results show their efforts are in the mainstream. And although there is a continuing partisan divide on policies from pathways to legal status, to government surveillance, to immigration bans –the results shine light on where we need to focus our education and outreach.

“Americans stand with immigrants, Muslims and refugees and it’s showing up in the responses to this poll. Our citizens do not want to see a scaling back of our freedoms or a closing of the door to those who look to us for hope. It is true there is a partisan divide but it’s a bridgeable one. We must now work, harder than ever, to empower our society’s most vulnerable communities and that is what we will do,” said AAI President James Zogby. 

Key Findings  

  • 41% of Americans, including 52% of Democrats and 44% of Independents, believe we should proceed with the plan to resettle Syrian refugees.
  • 59% of Democrats and a plurality of Republicans and Independents believe that undocumented immigrants, with no criminal record currently living and working in the United States should have a path to legal status.
  • Over half (52%) of Americans oppose a ban on immigrants and travelers who are Muslim.
  • A majority (51%) of Americans do not believe compromising or limiting the rights of American citizens is necessary for national security.
  • Three out of five Americans reported they were somewhat or very concerned about the surveillance and collection of their personal data, including social media, by the U.S. government 

Full results available here.

METHODOLOGY 

Zogby Analytics was commissioned by James Zogby to conduct an online survey of 1005 adults in the US. Using internal and trusted interactive partner resources, thousands of adults were randomly invited to participate in this interactive survey.  Each invitation is password coded and secure so that one respondent can only access the survey one time. Using information based on census data, voter registration figures, CIA fact books and exit polls, we use complex weighting techniques to best represent the demographics of the population being surveyed. Weighted variables may include age, race, gender, region, party, education, and religion. Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 1005 is +/- 3.1 percentage points. This means that all other things being equal, the identical survey repeated will have results within the margin of error 95 times out of 100.

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