Evangelicals Least Likely to Believe U.S. Should Accept Refugees

By the Web Editors 5-24-2018
British United Nations Ambassador Karen Pierce consoles a twelve-year-old Rohingya refugee near Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Michelle Nichols

Fewer Americans believe the U.S. has a responsibility to welcome refugees into the country (51 percent), in comparison to 56 percent in February 2017, according to new polling from Pew Research Center published May 24. 

Of the 43 percent who do not believe the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees, polling showed that no group agrees less with that idea than white evangelical Protestants, at 68 percent.

The Washington Post reports:

There is, of course, a heavy overlap between evangelical Americans and Republicans. Since Trump took office, the percentage of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents believing that there is a responsibility to accept refugees has slipped from about a third to just over a quarter. That’s what’s driven the overall number lower; support for accepting refugees among Democrats has increased.

A previous Pew Research Center survey found a sharp decline in the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. in fiscal year 2018 compared to prior years, illustrating the result of the admissions cap enforced on refugee resettlements by the Trump administration.

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