46% Oppose Inviting Haitian Refugees to U.S.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Authorities are preparing for a potential surge of Haitian refugees to the United States following their countryâ€™s horrific earthquake.
Though the surge has yet to materialize, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 31% of Americans believe Haitian refugees should be invited to live here. Forty-six percent (46%) say the refugees should not be invited to live in the United States. Another 22% remain undecided.
Fifty-four percent (54%) of men oppose inviting displaced Haitian refugees into this country. Women are more closely divided on the topic. Seventy percent (70%) of African-Americans think the United States should invite the Haitian refugees in, but 55% of whites disagree. Those of other races are almost evenly divided on the question.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Republicans and 53% of adults not affiliated with either major party are against encouraging the Haitians to come to America, but a plurality (46%) of Democrats thinks it's a good idea. [More]