A newly released Gallup poll shows well over half of America is against President Barack Obama’s call to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States.
Just 37 percent supported the idea, while 60 percent said they oppose taking in large amounts of refugees in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris.
Republicans were less likely than Democrats to accept the administration’s plan, with 84 percent saying they disapprove. Forty percent of Democrats said they were critical of the plan.
The House passed a bill recently in an attempt to strengthen the vetting process. The legislation, which passed with enough votes to override the president’s veto threat, would require the Homeland Security secretary, FBI director and the Director of National Intelligence to sign off on each refugee to ensure they aren’t a threat to national security. The Senate has not announced whether it will take up the measure.
“If the president does move forward on his plans to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees, he would be doing so without the American public’s support,” the survey reads. “However, that would hardly be unprecedented, as Americans historically have not been supportive of plans to bring refugees to the U.S., and presidents have sometimes acted to take in refugees despite public opposition.”
Past Gallup polls have shown similar resistance to allowing refugees into the country during periods of conflict.
The results were based on phone interviews of a random sampling of 1,013 people across the country over the age of 18 from Nov. 20-21 and leaves a margin of error of plus of minus four.
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