The Democratic Party press is trying to portray a spontaneous storm of indignation arising across the country in response to President Trump’s temporary restriction on travel from seven countries. Demonstrations and impassioned speeches by Democrats and left-wing activists are given breathless coverage. If you didn’t know better, you would think that Americans have risen up as one to condemn Trump’s rather mild, if poorly implemented, order.
But you would be wrong. Rasmussen finds that a clear majority of American voters support what Trump is doing:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed, while 10% are undecided.
That is nearly a two to one margin. Stunning.
Similarly, 56% favor a temporary block on visas prohibiting residents of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States until the government approves its ability to screen for likely terrorists. Thirty-two percent (32%) oppose this temporary ban, and 11% are undecided.
There are three possibilities here: 1) The Democrats know they are in the minority, and are playing to their base. 2) The Democrats are so detached from reality that they don’t understand they are in the minority on this issue. 3) The Democrats hope that demonstrations, tears and and hysterical speeches will change enough minds to give them majority support.
Rasmussen notes that its survey predates the Democrat/press hysteria of the last couple of days:
This survey was taken late last week prior to the weekend protests against Trump’s executive orders imposing a four-month ban on all refugees and a temporary visa ban on visitors from these seven countries.
In recent times, at least, left-wing protests and riots have been more likely to move the needle of public opinion to the right than to the left. And if Americans cared what newspaper reporters think, they never would have elected Trump in the first place.