You probably saw (or experienced) the airport protests and delays this weekend following President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban nationals traveling to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations. But what do the American people think of the new travel measure?
Turns out less than a third of Americans approve, according to a non-reader Skift survey. The travel intelligence website asked 1,502 adults across the country this week (again, Skift readers were excluded) for their opinion, and 49.6 percent said they “don’t support” the ban. About 30 percent of respondents said they do support the measure, and the remaining 20.5 percent either didn’t have an opinion or didn’t share it.
The results come just days after the order was penned and federal judges granted a stay against it. The Department of Homeland Security has publicly acknowledged that 721 people were prevented from boarding planes to the United States, and more than 1,100 waivers were granted to visa and green-card holders traveling to the United States.
The order applied to permanent U.S. residents from the seven predominantly Muslim countries (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan) and prompted lawyers across the country to head to their airports to offer detained travelers their services free of charge.
President Trump tweeted on Monday that the airport delays were caused by responding protestors and a Delta computer outage, and falsely claimed that his administration detained or denied entry to only 109 travelers. The ban (although his administration is not calling it a “ban,” despite the President himself using the term) is scheduled to last at least 90 days, and officials say it gives them an opportunity to review refugee vetting and U.S. visa requirements for nationals of the seven majority-Muslim countries.
Here’s what people thought based on where they live in the U.S.
Do you support Trump’s executive order? Comment below. (But be polite.) See the full survey results here.
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