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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What America Thinks: Are Syrian Refugees a Threat?

Since it was announced that at least two of the terrorist killers in Paris used the Syrian refugee crisis as a cover for their movements, the political debate over President Obama’s plan to bring 10,000 refugees from Syria to this country next year has exploded. More than two dozen governors have asked the president not to settle those refugees in their states. Late last week the House passed a bipartisan measure “pausing” the president’s plan, with enough Democratic votes to override his threatened veto. We decided to find out what America thinks.

Americans, actually, have been wary of Obama’s plan all along. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Likely Voters now worry that giving thousands of Syrians asylum poses a national security risk to the United States. But 72% felt that way two months ago when the president first announced his intention to move the Syrians here to help alleviate the refugee crisis in Europe.

Fifty-six percent (56%) said in early October that giving the Syrians asylum will make America a more dangerous place.

Following the tragic attacks in Paris, 63% of voters oppose the plan to allow the Syrians to settle here. Just 23% think it’s a good idea. Sixty percent (60%) say they don’t want those refugees settling in the states they live in. But they may have no choice: Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has vowed to stop the House’s measure against Obama’s refugee plan from passing in the Senate.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.