AMERICANS REJECT A DEMOCRATIC PLEA
They are all women and children fleeing wartime horror: So goes the Democratic narrative about Syrian refugees that has become a handy political vehicle, presented in emotionally charged terms. The White House indulges in the telling. So do presidential hopefuls like Sen. Bernard Sanders, who has already launched a public petition on the matter.
“Now is not the time for us to succumb to racism and bigotry. In this moment, it is particularly important that we not allow ourselves to be divided by the anti-immigrant hysteria that Republican presidential candidates are ginning up,” advises the petition, which supports the resettlement of 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S.
If we don’t accept the refugees, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested the U.S. “take down the Statue of Liberty.
Americans’ concerns about terrorism now appear to outweigh their sympathy. A recent Fox News poll finds that 67 percent of voters oppose the idea of taking in the Syrians; that includes 86 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of Democrats. Another 77 percent overall say it’s “likely” that a terrorist will slip in among the innocents and carry out an attack; 93 percent of GOPers and 62 percent of Democrats agree.
A new Rasmussen Reports poll has similar findings: 77 percent of voters say the Syrian resettlement is a “national security risk,” 63 percent oppose President Obama’s plans for this, and 60 percent are against resettling the refugees in their own state. Republican opposition is more pronounced than Democrats in all three scenarios.
Meanwhile, a YouGov poll released this week finds that 55 percent of Americans say the U.S. does not play a “special role in the world” to provide a home for refugees; 78 percent of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats agree. Another 50 percent overall say the U.S. is not responsible for Syrian refugees in particular. Three-fourths of the GOPers and a third of the Democrats agree. a Washington Post op-ed.)
“When I am president, what I will do to defeat ISIL is very simple: whatever it takes.” (Sen. Marco Rubio, in a Politico op-ed.) 35,000 U.S. adults.
Only 6 percent say they seldom or never experience these positive feelings.
Those who pray daily, attend church and read the Bible have the most gratitude — 90 percent are thankful, the survey found. And among specific faiths, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christians report the largest sense of gratitude. The lowest was reported among atheists and agnostics, with 62 and 64 percent, respectively.