- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Nearly half of Americans — 49 percent — agree with President Trump’s executive order to temporarily restrict travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, compared to 41 percent who disagree, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released this week.

The administration has cited national security as the impetus for the order, and 31 percent said it made them feel “more safe,” compared to 26 percent who said it made them feel less safe and 33 percent who said it wouldn’t make a difference.

Fifty-one percent of Republicans said they “strongly agree” with the order and 53 percent of Democrats said they “strongly disagree.”

The survey was taken Monday and Tuesday.

The order restricts travel from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia and puts a 120-day hold on the refugee program.

It triggered protests and some confusion at airports across the country over the weekend. Mr. Trump also fired his acting attorney general on Monday after she instructed Justice Department lawyers not to present arguments defending the order.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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