When President Trump signed his executive order banning travel from six terror-prone countries (first identified by B. Hussein Obama), liberals had an immediate meltdown. It didn’t take long for the left to go to its typical talking point, calling the policy racist and referring to it as a “Muslim ban.” Never mind the fact that the vast majority of the world’s Muslims weren’t subject to the ban, there’s no place for that kind of common sense in this debate.Of course, the media helped spread the hysteria by regurgitating the liberal talking points. Hour after hour of negative coverage was launched against the policy, helping dampen public perception of it. Satisfied with their work, the media gleefully reported that their own polls showed the majority of Americans opposed the ban. To most, it seemed like liberals were winning the public relations battle.
In reality, the ban was actually a necessary national security measure. Learning a lesson from Europe, President Trump wanted to make sure we were properly vetting people coming into the country. The list of terror-prone countries didn’t target Muslims, it targeted the countries previously identified by the Obama administration as a security threat.However, new polling shows the many Americans have reconsidered their opposition to the ban. Perhaps swayed by recent terror attacks in the UK, the most recent poll shows that the policy now enjoys majority support.
From the Blaze:
The latest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban is a winner — at least politically — according to a new survey released Wednesday.A Politico/Morning Consult poll shows 60 percent of all voters support the State Department’s “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.”
Only 28 percent said they oppose the new guidelines.
Predictably, support was greatest among Republicans. However, a majority of independents also approve of the policy:A whopping 84 percent of Republicans back the travel restrictions and 56 percent of independent voters agree with the policy. Democrats are split on the issue, with 41 percent supporting the new guidelines and 46 percent opposing them.
Interestingly, the pollsters made no mention of President Trump in the phrasing of the poll, hoping to get a more accurate result:
This latest poll does not specifically mention the president’s name, suggesting the actual policy might be more popular when separated from Trump.The poll comes after a unanimous Supreme Court ruling allowed most of the ban to go into effect. In that ruling, the justices made exceptions for those who had close a family relationship with persons in the United States. That version of the travel ban was implemented shortly after the court’s decision.
Good news indeed.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]