Reuters: Plurality favors the travel ban …

But, you have to read beneath the headline !


Reuters issued one of the 1st polls on attitudes towards Trump’s travel ban on people from President Obama’s list of 7 terrorist hotspots: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen.

The headline:


Of course, we hate to get picky, but if you add together “make you safer” and “keep you safe”, the headline would read “majority think travel plan keeps America safe (or safer)”

But, that doesn’t fit the narrative, I guess.

Here’s the bigger story (that should have been in the headline).


The real headline should have read:

“A near majority (49%) favor Trump’s Executive Order”


Note that the question leads with “refugees” – a sympathetic group.

And, the question uses the vague term “Muslim majority countries” which might include Turkey (98% Muslim), Egypt (90%), and Indonesia (89%), to name a few.

Those countries are ones that many folks might not consider to be part of the elephant-in-the-room problem.

My hunch: if the specific 7 troublesome countries —  Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen – were listed in the question, the result would be somewhere between “majority” and “vast majority” would approve.

Does seem like this situation is getting a bit blown out of proportion.



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One Response to “Reuters: Plurality favors the travel ban …”

  1. SJ Says:

    The misuse of the term “refugee” is rampant and misleading.

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