A new poll has revealed that President Donald Trump’s travel ban – which was recently put into partial effect thanks to a unanimous decision from the Supreme Court — has earned the support of the majority of American voters.
The Politico/Morning Consult survey asked respondents whether they support or oppose 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.”
Perhaps surprisingly, 60 percent of voters indicated that they support the revised guidelines while only 28 percent opposed them. An Associated Press-NORC Center poll from last month showed a majority of American rejecting the travel ban, with 57 percent opining that courts were right in blocking the travel ban.
The poll also revealed that voters backed a slightly more permissive attitude toward travelers with family in the United States than the one espoused by the State Department. A majority of respondents – 67 percent – thought that travelers with a grandparent in the country should be admitted, but the directive does not allow such a relationship to be claimed.
Of the relationships that can be claimed, 80 percent agreed with travelers being admitted to the U.S. if they have a parent living here, 78 percent thought that travelers should be able to join a spouse or child, and 73 percent supported travelers with a sibling in the U.S. entering the country.
The numbers become more polarized along party lines, with a whopping 84 percent of Republican voters supporting the ban while just 9 percent oppose it. More Democrats opposed the ban than supported it (41 percent for the ban, 46 percent against it), while a majority of independents backed the ban (56 percent for the ban, 30 percent against it).
Last month, the Supreme Court issued a per curiam decision that allowed certain parts of Trump’s travel ban to go through until the court hears arguments about the case in October. Travelers from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen who cannot prove a close relationship with a person or entity in the United States will no longer be admitted.