President Donald Trump arrives for a town hall with business leaders in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Majority Back Trump’s So-called Travel Ban

Politico reports that its new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll finds “a clear majority of voters support President Donald Trump’s” so-called travel ban.

The poll didn’t actually ask about President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order Protecting Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States or the President’s March 6, 2017-revised version of the order, which narrowed the scope of his original order. Instead the poll asked about the new guidelines issued by the State Department to implement last week’s Supreme Court ruling which lifted parts of lower court injunctions blocking Trump’s Executive Order:

As you may know, the U.S. Department of State recently outlined new guidelines which say visa applicants from six predominately Muslim countries must prove a close family relationship with a U.S. resident in order to enter the country. Knowing this, do you support or oppose these new guidelines?

Sixty percent of voters say they support the guidelines, and only 28 percent oppose them.

There was the usual partisan divide among the respondents. Among Republicans 84 percent support the guidelines, while just 9 percent oppose them. The policy is also supported by Independent voters — 56 percent support it, compared to 30 percent who oppose it. Democrats are split on the issue, with 41 percent supporting the guidelines and 46 percent opposing them.

Politico notes that an Associated Press-NORC Center poll last month, before the Supreme Court’s decision, found that 57-percent of Americans thought courts were acting rightly in blocking the travel ban.

The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was conducted June 29-30, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.

It’s amazing how the media constantly refers to “applicants from six predominately Muslim countries” in its continuing effort to make it seem like a Muslim ban. They do this even though the suspect countries are identified in the Executive orders as “aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA [Immigration and Nationality Act], 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12).” The list of countries referred to there was put together by the Obama Administration.

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