The immigration ban has sparked widespread protests
The Reuters/Ipsos survey, conducted on the last two days of January just after President Donald Trump banned travel from seven Muslim majority countries, found 49 per cent of American adults said they either “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed with Trump’s order.
Of the 1,201 people questioned, 41 per cent of people strongly or somewhat disagreed with the ban and another 10 per cent said they did not know.
The divide was split along partisan lines with 53 per cent of Democrats disagreeing with it and 51 per cent of Republicans agreeing with it.
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Sally Yates was fired after she did not agree with the ban
The new president signed an executive order suspending entry to the United States, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 day, banning all refugees for 120 days and banning Syrian refugees indefinitely.
The immigration ban has sparked massive protests in cities across the world and multiple lawsuits have been filed against Trump.
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The poll revealed 31 per cent of Americans feel more safe due to the ban
President Trump also fired the Attorney General Sally Yates for telling the Department of Justice not to defend the order.
The majority of Americans do not think the country should show welcome Christian migrants and not Muslim ones.
Supporters of the Democrat party were more than three times as likely as Republicans to say the "U.S. should continue to take in immigrants and refugees", and Republicans were more than three times as likely as Democrats to agree that "banning people from Muslim countries is necessary to prevent terrorism".
The poll revealed 31 per cent of Americans feel more safe due to the ban, compared with 26 per cent who said they felt less safe.
Donald Trump thinks that his immigration ban will make America safer
President Trump has brought in the order in order to protect the country and its borders.
The US Homeland Security Secretary has said Trump’s ban on migrants and refugees from some Muslim-majority countries could be extended “indefinitely” and other countries could even be added to the controversial list.
The poll was conducted online in 50 states and gathered responses from 1,201 people, 453 Democrats and 478 Republicans.