AMER­I­CANS RE­JECT A DEMO­CRATIC PLEA

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

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.

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