Democrat President Barack Obama has a plan to resettle thousands of Syrian immigrants in the United States. Republican Governor Chris Christie opposes it. So do many other Republican Governors. But Democrat Speaker Vincent Prieto supports Obama's resettlement plan and Republican Leader Jon Bramnick says it is too soon to say one way or the other.
The Rasmussen Polling organization conducted a survey of 1,000 likely voters on this subject. The survey was conducted November 17-18, 2015. The results indicate that there is a high level of concern among American voters, with 77% reporting that they are very or somewhat concerned when asked the question: How concerned are you that giving thousands of Syrians asylum poses a national security risk to the United States?
52% reported that they were very concerned, 25% somewhat concerned, 14% not very concerned, 7% not at all concerned, 2% not sure. Women are more concerned than men: 53% to 52% very concerned and 5% to 9% not at all concerned.
Along ethnic lines concerned vs. unconcerned breaks down this way: 80% to 19% for white voters, 74% to 19% for black voters, and 70% to 28% for other voters.
Along party lines concerned vs. unconcerned breaks down accordingly: 93% to 6% for Republicans, 64% to 33% for Democrats, 77% to 21% for Independents.
Poor and working class Americans are more concerned, with the very rich being the least concerned. Those earning under $30,000 expressed the most concern, at 80% to 19%; with those earning over $200,000 at 74% to 18%.
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These figures could change should ISIS and the other arms of Islamic terrorism decide to change tactics (as the IRA did in the 1990's), but there is presently no indication that they will. In the meantime, ISIS seems as determined to rid the Middle East of Western influence as the Rutgers SuperPAC appears determined to rid the Legislature of Republican influence.
It looks as though our political landscape will continue to be moved by the threats posed by unsecured borders, the resettlement of people from frontline zones in the war on terror, and by government policy that makes it extraordinarily difficult to enter American legally but easy to enter and stay illegally. We live in interesting times that will complicate the lives of legislators.