Garth Kant, WND, June 16, 2016
Half of all Americans suddenly support a temporary ban on Muslim immigration into the United States, according to a Reuters poll.
The stunning results represent an enormous sea change in public opinion that seemingly took place overnight in the wake of the Orlando massacre.
The question was posed this way: “Agree/Disagree: The United States should temporarily stop all Muslims from entering the United States.”
Before Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded dozens more at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning, just 43 percent of Americans supported the ban and 53 percent opposed it.
By Tuesday, the Reuters poll showed 50 percent now agree that the “United States should temporarily stop all Muslims from entering the United States.” Just 42 percent oppose the ban.
On Monday, following the massacre, Trump renewed his call for a temporary ban against immigrants from global trouble spots.
He was severely criticized by President Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and much of the national news media.
But Trump seems to be wining the argument in the minds of the American people, as evidenced by the sudden and dramatic increase in support for his position.
Trump did not, however, call for the same exact proposal as the ban he pushed in December. He made a key refinement by making no direct mention of banning Muslims from immigrating, but called for an immigration pause from countries with a “proven history of terrorism.”
While he may have modified the wording of his proposal, the candidate’s support for an immediate and dramatic change in immigration policy was expressed with greater passion than ever, in the wake of the Orlando atrocity.
Trump emphasized, “The bottom line is that the only reason the [Orlando] killer was in America in the first place was because we allowed his family to come here. That is a fact, and it’s a fact we need to talk about.”