A recent poll indicates that the majority of Americans agree with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country until they can be properly vetted.
The YouGov/Huffington Post poll interviewed 1,000 Americans, asking:
“Do you agree or disagree that there should be a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on?”
YouGov reported that 51 percent of the respondents said they agreed, up from 45 percent of those polled in December 2015. YouGov’s Peter Moore explains, “This is largely a result of a big jump in support for a ban among independents (42% to 62%), as Democratic opposition and Republican support is largely unchanged over the last four months.”
The poll was conducted through web interviews with 1,000 Americans from YouGov’s “opt-in internet panel using sample matching” and “weighted using propensity scores based on gender, age, race, education, political ideology, geographic region, and voter registration.” YouGov has also conducted polls for the New York Times and CBS; high-profile statistician Nate Silver has written about its methodology.
The YouGov/Huffington Post research also surveyed attitudes about Sen. Ted Cruz ‘s suggestion that law enforcement patrol Muslim neighborhoods and increase surveillance.
“The public is divided on whether or not law enforcement should ‘patrol and secure’ Muslim neighborhoods in the United States. 45 percent support it while 40 percent oppose it, with most Democrats (57 percent) opposed and a large majority of Republicans (74 percent) in favor of the policy,” writes Moore.
Rather than implement surveillance, 63 percent of Americans indicated they prefer to work with Muslim communities to identify potential terrorists.
Trump sparked both outrage and support when he proposed the travel ban for Muslims in December, 2015. In response to a petition of more than 100,000 signatures, the U.K. parliament debated whether or not Trump should be banned from entering the U.K.– while British leaders continue to ignore the reality of their own Islamic invasion.