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Poll: Most Americans Don’t Want Syrian Refugees In The United States

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Jonah Bennett Contributor
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A majority of Americans want to see the Syrian refugee resettlement program stopped dead in its tracks.

These Americans have decided to side with the governors of 27 states, who say they will oppose attempts by the federal government to forcibly ship refugees into their states.

The results also fall in line with a recent poll which found most Americans think Islam conflicts with American values. (RELATED: Poll: Most Americans Think Islam Conflicts With American Values)

According to the results of a Bloomberg Politics National poll, which was conducted after the Friday Paris attacks, 53 percent of Americans think the refugee Syrian resettlement program should be halted immediately. They are somewhat divided on whether the government should ship troops to Iraq and Syria to combat Islamic State. Republicans, at 64 percent, want troops in the Middle East, while just 31 percent of Democrats agree.

Overall, 41 percent of Americans want troops on the ground to fight ISIS.

Exactly 53 percent of respondents do think, however, that the U.S. and Russia should temporarily set aside differences to take down Islamic terrorism.

“Vladmir Putin is not a popular personality in this country,” said J. Ann Selzer, who conducted the poll, according to Bloomberg. “However, we’re facing a common threat. Here’s an opportunity to align. both Republicans and Democrats seem to say, ‘Let’s go.'”

Russia has just finished hitting Syria hard with nuclear bombers in one of the most complex missions in recent military history.

Only 28 percent say the program and associated screening process are sufficient. A total of 11 percent think refugees should be accepted, albeit with a religious test to screen out Muslims and accept only Christians.

President Barack Obama balked at proposals to purposefully screen out Muslims, referring to the idea as un-American, but the Bloomberg poll indicates that his approval ratings have slipped down two percentage points to 44 percent since September. His disapproval rating jumped from 47 to 51 percent.

The poll consists of 1,002 adults and was conducted from Nov. 15-17. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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