New poll shows how many Americans want to bar all immigration from surprising countries

By Allan Smith
4 hrs ago

A poll released on Wednesday from Morning Consult found that many Americans are in favor of barring immigration from certain parts of the world ó even from countries bordering the US.
Donald Trump injected a strong anti-immigration sentiment into the political conversation. More recently, he's reintroduced his proposal for an indefinite barring of Muslim immigration into the country ó a suggestion widely condemned by elected Republicans.

But despite being fiercely rejected by elected Republican leaders, nearly half of Republicans polled by Morning Consult said that they "strongly" support such a plan, while 48% of all Americans said they support barring Muslim immigration.

Morning Consult asked respondents whether they support an overall ban on immigration from 11 countries: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Mexico, Egypt, Belgium, France, and Canada.

Syria had the greatest support among respondents in favor of an immigration ban, with 56% saying they supported it. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan all followed close behind, each breaking 51% support.

Nearly half of respondents, 46%, favored a ban on all immigration from Mexico, a country Trump has zeroed in on throughout his campaign.

Belgium, France, and even Canada all received significant support for a total immigration ban. Roughly 30% of respondents were in favor of a ban on all immigration from Belgium and France, the sites of two of the worst terror attacks in the past year, while almost one-quarter of respondents were for banning Canadian immigration into America.

The Morning Consult poll surveyed 2,001 voters and had a margin of error of 2%.

Here are the full results: