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This Week In Polls: Trump Wins — And Refugees Lose

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This Week In Polls: Trump Wins — And Refugees Lose

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With terror abroad and fear at home, Donald Trump’s brand of bellicosity — making incendiary comments about Syrian refugees and American Muslims — is ruling the day in the polls.

Two different surveys show a majority of Americans opposed to taking in 10,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria, making the issue very lucrative for Republicans.

In the Bloomberg Politics poll, 53 percent of Americans say refugees should not be admitted at all; 28 percent say the program should be kept as is; and 11 percent favored only accepting Christians — which has been proposed by Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, and vociferously denounced by President Obama.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll broke the issue into two separate questions, finding only 43 percent in favor of refugees in general, and 52 percent opposed — but if refugees were admitted, then 78 percent told the pollster that the program should be religiously neutral, while only 18 percent said it should be specially done for Christians.

Reuters asked respondents of all parties which candidate would be best suited to handle terrorism — and Trump came out narrowly on top here with 22 percent, followed by Hillary Clinton at 21 percent, Bernie Sanders 10 percent, and no other candidate in the double digits. (The actual winner of that question is currently “None” with 26 percent.)

In the current Reuters tracking poll of Republicans, Trump is way ahead with 39 percent, followed by Ben Carson at 15 percent, Marco Rubio with 10 percent, Ted Cruz at 7 percent, and Jeb Bush at 6 percent.

The latest NBC News poll released Friday has Trump at 28 percent, Carson at Cruz at 18 percent each, Rubio with 11 percent, and Bush all the way back with 4 percent.

Bloomberg Politics has Trump at 24 percent, Carson 20 percent, Rubio 12 percent, Cruz 9 percent, and Bush at 6 percent.

Democratic-aligned firm Public Policy Polling shows Trump ahead nationally with 26 percent, then Carson at 19 percent, Cruz 14 percent, Rubio 13 percent, and Bush at 5 percent.

Trump also remains ahead in New Hampshire. A poll from the Boston affiliate of NPR found The Donald at 23 percent, Carson and Rubio at 13 percent each, Cruz with 8 percent, and Bush at Kasich each at 7 percent.

Fox News similarly has Trump ahead in the Granite State with 27 percent, then Rubio with 13 percent, Cruz 11 percent, and 9 percent each for Bush and Carson.

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Knoxville, Tennessee November 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lisa Norman-Hudson

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24 Comments

  1. Michelle Castañeda November 21, 2015

    #Trump2016

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  2. stcroixcarp November 21, 2015

    Trump is evil. Why isn’t anyone accusing him of being the antichrist?

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    1. plc97477 November 21, 2015

      I think because cheney already got the title.

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    2. David November 21, 2015

      Ughh…cause Hildebeast has already wrapped up that title?

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      1. paulyz November 21, 2015

        Or Obama.

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  3. paulyz November 21, 2015

    One of these polls show Americans rate Hillary high on protecting us from terrorism? She don’t even want them vetted properly, since all of our Security Agencies stated it would be impossible. Hillary won’t even support Kate’s Law, or do anything about Illegal Aliens. She’ll be a clone of Obama.

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  4. nebulafox November 21, 2015

    I think the best thing Obama can do, given that even other Republicans are alienated from this talk, is the following:

    Acknowledge the risks of taking refugees in, especially after Paris, while sticking firm to the position. State explicitly that having reservations based on national security does not make one a bigot in the reality of 21st Century war with Salafist networks.

    Talk in terms of national interest rather than romanticism, especially in the propaganda war, rather than bringing up Japanese internment or anything like that.

    State to the people measures-*concrete*-that he will take while screening the refugees. Emphasize selection of people that are likely to be economically productive.

    And above all, make a bipartisan effort to refute Trump’s talk on Muslims rather than ignoring it,, pointing out that America’s Muslims are among the best assimilated in the West, moreso than Europe. Trumpism is an attitude, not a policy position-that’s a key failure of both our parties, not recognizing that. Be blunt, be direct, and be simple-and make sure to coopt Republicans that still have respect among the white working and middle classes. (Not Jeb Bush or anyone associated with him.)

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    1. Louis Allen November 22, 2015

      nebula:
      It is obvious that your brain is in a real “nebula”:
      “…. America’s Muslims are among the best assimilated in the West, moreso
      than Europe, because we emphasize assimilation and are careful in the
      people we take in.”
      WHHHHAAAATTTT????!!!!
      Where have you been ??!!
      “emphasize assimilation”, you say??
      You are right. I just went to a Muslim Kiwanis Club meeting where they discussed their upcoming Muslim Bake Sale and their Girl Scouts Cookies sale to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Yesterday my wife attended our neighborhood Home Owners Association meeting during which 12 Muslim women came up with the great idea of a “girls’ night out” at the local YMCA. Their Muslim husbands will take care of the kids, being the darlings that they are. Then next weekend those same devoted husbands will have a “BBQ Pork Festivity” to collect funds for the local football teams.
      Gimme a break ….
      Obama, Shillary and Commie Sanders are a joke.
      Get something to clear your “nebulous” brain.

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    2. Dominick Vila November 23, 2015

      I agree with most of what you said, but you under estimate the intense hatred that white Americans have towards all Muslims, and foreigners in general. The last thing in their minds is assimilation, or even factual conclusions.

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  5. Whatmeworry November 21, 2015

    Trump wins and so are the American people

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    1. Daniel Max Ketter November 22, 2015

      I agree trumpet is a joke and blowhard, and a disgrace to our country. I think Ms Clinton will be our next leader, although my Linda Rae remains a Sen Sanders fan. Either way, america will win under those two patriarchs.

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    2. Whatmeworry November 22, 2015

      Trump wins but not the American people

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    3. Whatmeworry November 23, 2015

      I am Dan Ketter and I was a draft dodger

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    4. Daniel Max Ketter November 24, 2015

      God bless our labor union organizations for their fight against lazy management and the elite ceo’s. Please vote democratic on all issues.

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    5. Whatmeworry November 26, 2015

      Kenneth Ketter and Linda Rae had an affair behind fat dannno’s back

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    6. Kenneth Ketter December 4, 2015

      FAT DANNNNNO KETTER

      Reply
    7. Daniel Max Ketter December 18, 2015

      Yes my sweeeeeety pie linda ketter is a ugly dog

      Reply
  6. InformedVoter November 22, 2015

    The Middle East is in the mess it is because of Hillary and Obama. People don’t trust Hillary, especially after her very poor showing during the Benghazi hearings. I also think this shows how unreliable The National Memo is as an information source. Just last week they were quoting the one highly biased poll that had Trump in second place by 4 points. Now he’s ahead by double and even triple and The National Memo has conveniently forgotten what they printed just last week. Hey lefties, try not to be so obvious about your group being so low information people.

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    1. I of John November 23, 2015

      In mess because of who?

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      1. InformedVoter November 23, 2015

        In a mess because of the incompetent program that Obama and Mrs. Clinton put together when she was SOS. Obama was on national TV saying his program is just fine, but Diane F (you know, that wonderful person from CA) responded that Obama’s plan in rubbish. Also, the 47 Democratic senators think Obama’s plan – put in place when Mrs. Clinton was SOS – is failing! So do the majority of the public – something over 80% and rising. Even Mrs. Clinton, who’s desperately trying not to distance herself from Obama (or else Obama will through his support behind Biden) said that a change in needed. Who do you think caused the mess? Oh, yea, it was Bush. I guess 7 years of Obama strategy is not enough time.

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    2. Albert Harris November 24, 2015

      YOU ARE VERY, VERY DISTURBED BUSH AND CHENEY HAD NOTHING TO
      DO WITH THIS SITUATION. TALK ABOUT HAVING OR NOT BELIEVING HISTORY. YOU CANNOT SEE A HUMMER RUN OVER A CAT AND SAY THE CAT COMMITTED SUICIDE IT IS GOING TO TAKE SEVERAL DAYS TO FIND THE NOTE. THAT’S THE REPUBLICAN WAY.

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  7. Dominick Vila November 23, 2015

    Donald Trump is a narcissist, an immature bully, prone to childish gestures, and a political opportunist who is cynically exploiting the prejudices that remain an integral part of the psyche and voting preferences of a large segment of Americans, but he is not dumb.
    He knows that attacking foreigners, whether they are Syrian refugees escaping the brutality of ISIS, Muslims in general, hapless Latino migrants, and just about anyone who does not fit in our white, pseudo Christian, society, paves the way to the White House. What he does, or does not do, after he becomes President is immaterial. For him, all that matters is to win and put another feather in his narcissistic cap. Phase 2 of his strategy will be to choose a running mate that splits the Democratic vote. If Hillary is the Democratic nominee, Trump will probably choose Nikki Haley to split the female vote. Marco and Eduardo may want to take advantage of the improved relations with Cuba to take a long sabbatical in that island and reflect on how they were used. Dr. Carson may want to go back to Johns Hopkins, where Egyptian granaries and other evil concepts do not pose a threat. The worst thing Democrats can do is to ignore Trump, not take him seriously, and continue to fight for social and humanitarian issues that do not have the support of mainstream Americans, let alone the far right.

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  8. Albert Harris November 24, 2015

    BUSH AND CHENEY HAD NOTHING TO
    DO WITH THIS SITUATION. TALK ABOUT HAVING OR NOT BELIEVING HISTORY. YOU CANNOT SEE A HUMMER RUN OVER A CAT AND SAY THE CAT COMMITTED SUICIDE IT IS GOING TO TAKE SEVERAL DAYS TO FIND THE NOTE. THAT’S THE REPUBLICAN WAY.OF THINKING

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  9. Albert Harris November 24, 2015

    Desperate people, fleeing a terrifying, bloodthirsty regime, try to find refuge in the US. But the American government and the public don’t want to accept them. They worry that accepting refugees would put citizens at risk, and they don’t see the refugee crisis as their problem to fix. So they are turned away.

    This is what could happen in the US in 2015, if the governors and members of

    How America’s rejection of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany haunts our refugee policy today
    Congress pushing to stop the admission of Syrian refugees have their way. But it’s definitely what happened in 1939 to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. The US (and other countries in the Western Hemisphere) could have saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis. They didn’t. At one point, the US literally turned away a ship of 900 German Jews. Shortly afterward, it rejected a proposal to allow 20,000 Jewish children to come to the US for safety.

    At the time, the US didn’t know how terrible the Holocaust would become. But Americans did know that Nazis were encouraging vandalism and violence against Jews — many Americans had been alarmed by Kristallnacht in 1938, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt had issued a statement condemning it. But America didn’t feel strongly enough about the mistreatment of Jews to allow them to find a safe harbor in the US.

    That is a moral stain on the nation’s conscience, and it’s what led the US and other countries, after the war, to create a way for persecuted people to seek and find refuge. Modern refugee policy, in other words, is largely a response to the failures of the Holocaust era.

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