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Thu Oct 1, 2015, 08:07 AM

Poll: Large partisan split in attitudes towards refugees

Opinion about the U.S. response to the European migrant situation is divided along partisan lines. By more than two-to-one (69%-29%), Democrats approve of the U.S. decision to increase the number of refugees it accepts. By about the same margin (67% to 30%), Republicans disapprove of this decision.



The partisan and demographic differences in views of the decision to accept more refugees mirror differences in opinions of immigrants and their impact on the United States.

Hispanics are particularly supportive of the U.S. decision to increase the cap on the number of refugees it accepts over the next few years: 66% approve of this decision while just 27% disapprove. Blacks also approve of the decision by a 58%-39% margin. Among whites, opinion is divided: 46% approve, 50% disapprove.

http://www.people-press.org/2015/09/29/mixed-views-of-initial-u-s-response-to-europes-migrant-crisis/

Seems pretty consistent between attitudes towards immigrants in general and refugees in particular. The more republican, older and whiter one is the more likely to oppose immigration and accepting refugees.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 10:06 AM

1. We should take care of our homless

Also our homeless vetrans and vetrans first Our government always gets it backwards with refugee issues.

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Response to INdemo (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 11:18 AM

2. Of course the party that is most likely to 'take care of our homeless' (the Democratic Party)

is also the party that supports taking in refugees. The folks who oppose taking in refugees - republicans - are also the least likely to promote government policies to help our homeless.

The pattern seems to revolve around compassion. If one has it for one group, one tends to have it for both - like Democrats. If one lacks compassion for one group, one tends to lack if for the other - republicans.

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Response to INdemo (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 04:39 PM

7. I floated the idea of calling the homeless "internal refugees".

 

Since the term "homeless" has become loaded with negative connotations like "socialist". Some housing advocates have switched to "houseless" for this reason.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 11:22 AM

3. Republicans taking the asshole position, what a shock nt

 

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 11:29 AM

4. Asking a partisan poll question about compassion for others does seem to be kind of pointless.

But they keep doing it.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 11:34 AM

5. Next time they should also add region to the data which would further expose the

 

Divide in this county


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Response to YabaDabaNoDinoNo (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 04:31 PM

6. That would be interesting. I suspect the the blue sections of the country would reflect compassion

for refugees and the red sections would show a typical republican resistance to "others".

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