Polls are coming out on Donald Trump’s proposal–if you can call it that, as opposed to another episode of free association–to suspend travel and immigration to the U.S. by Muslims. While I think that idea is overbroad and unworkable, the polls suggest that most Americans don’t disagree with it. Yesterday Rasmussen Reports released a survey that found most Republicans, and a plurality of American voters, agree with Trump:
66% of Likely Republican Voters favor a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Just 24% oppose the plan, with 10% undecided.
Among all voters, 46% favor a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, while 40% are opposed. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.
So this may turn out to be another instance where the more the liberal media excoriate Trump, the more people like him.
I was with Michele Bachmann last night. She has retired from politics, but not from public life. Michele retired undefeated, never having lost a race, despite years of vicious hate, and many millions of dollars, directed against her by the Democrats. Michele attributes her success largely to her ability to understand what voters are thinking and how they feel about issues.
So what are voters thinking these days? These are my words, not Michele’s, but my takeaway is that if a politician isn’t talking about immigration, he isn’t saying what voters want to hear. And by “talking about immigration,” I don’t mean advocating more of it.