- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Gallup has conducted a massive global poll to determine the rate of “migrant acceptance” among the nations of the world. How massive? It took the pollster two years to complete the research, which involved telephone and face-to-face interviews in 140 countries; each sample included at least 1,000 adults, though India, Russia and China warranted larger polls — between 2,000 and 4,000 respondents.

“The questions gauge whether residents in each country think migrants living in their country, becoming their neighbors and marrying into their families are good things or bad things. The higher the resulting index score, the more accepting the population is of migrants,” Gallup explained in their analysis of the complex findings.

The results: Iceland tops the list as the “most accepting” nation on the planet — followed by New Zealand, Rwanda, Canada, Sierra Leone, Mali, Australia, Sweden, the U.S. and Nigeria.

Macedonia led the least of the “least accepting” countries — followed by Montenegro, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Israel, Latvia, Czech Republic, Estonia and Croatia.

“Scores are particularly low in a number of countries that have been on the front lines of the recent migrant crisis in Europe and particularly high in several countries with long histories as receiving nations. We also know generally that younger, educated and urban people are more accepting, and that in almost every country, acceptance scores are higher if people know at least one migrant,” the Gallup analysis said.

“At the global level, the closer the degree of personal proximity, the less likely people are to say it is a good thing. A majority worldwide (54 percent) say migrants living in their countries is a good thing. Slightly fewer — but still half, at 50 percent — say a migrant becoming their neighbor is a good thing, and 44 percent say a migrant marrying a close relative is a good thing.”

Other research offers insight in complicated times. A new report from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank, finds that the “foreign-born” share of the U.S. population is now 44 million, its highest level since 1910. Those who are “foreign-born” make up 13.5 percent of the overall population.

“With U.S. fertility rates at a historic low, the Census Bureau projects that net international migration will be the main driver behind U.S. population growth between 2027 and 2038,” the report said, also noting that 22 percent of the total U.S. population do not speak English at home.

MIKE LINDELL: TRUMP FAN FOREVER

President Trump has some high-profile fans who remain completely steadfast in their admiration. Mike Lindell — the now famous inventor of MyPillow — is one of those. He has been in the nation’s capital this week, making an appearance in an iconic spot, — the soaring main floor of the Trump International Hotel, just three blocks from the White House.

The amenable Mr. Lindell was happy to have a say about Mr. Trump, even as the line of his own fans grew, all seeking a selfie moment with the pillow entrepreneur — or to assure him that yes, they personally owned and adored their own MyPillow.

“I met Donald Trump in August of 2016. I had a private meeting with him,” Mr. Lindell tells Inside the Beltway.

“After that, I was all in. He has not let me down. He is the best president this country has ever had. And he hasn’t even gotten started. It’s going to be amazing, and I say that with all my heart. It’s going to be awesome,” he concluded.

Among other things, Mr. Lindell was in town to attend the Christians United for Israel Summit and the recent “Made in America” summit at the White House. A former crack addict-turned-millionaire entrepreneur, Mr. Lindell has formed a foundation to help addicts and those affected by the opioid epidemic — and also has a new memoir arriving in the fall.

PRAYING FOR THE SUPREME COURT

The Rev. Franklin Graham asked Americans to pray for President Trump during the 2016 presidential election.

Now the evangelist is asking for prayers to ensure that Mr. Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court takes place.

“If confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh could affect our nation’s laws on everything from abortion to religious freedom right now — and for future generations. It’s critical for God’s people to pray,” the Rev. Graham advises in his candid public outreach.

“Ask God to give the men and women of the Senate Judiciary Committee wisdom and guidance as they meet with Judge Kavanaugh — and to deliver them from opinions that are contrary to His Word. Pray that the Lord will bless Judge Kavanaugh — and his loved ones — with strength, endurance and stamina during this intense process,” the pastor advised. “Let’s thank God for the opportunity to have a Supreme Court that adheres to Biblical values and pray for a smooth confirmation process.”

HANNITY AND BARR HAVE A MOMENT

Some programming of note: Fox News prime time host Sean Hannity will present an exclusive television interview with Roseanne Barr on Thursday night, this following months of turmoil for the veteran actress.

“This will mark Barr’s first broadcast appearance since her firing from ABC and cancellation of her program, ‘Roseanne.’ During the live interview, she will react to reports about the tweet that got her fired. along with discussion of President Trump,” the network said in a production note.

The interview will air at 9 p.m. EDT on Thursday, with additional portions of the exchange to be presented Friday, also at 9 p.m. EDT.

POLL DU JOUR

• 38 percent of Americans have “no confidence at all” in the news media; 70 percent of Republicans, 40 percent of independents and 14 percent of Democrats agree.

• 32 percent overall have “not very much confidence” in the media; 25 percent of Republicans, 25 percent of independents and 34 percent of Democrats agree.

• 14 percent overall have “quite a lot of confidence” in the media; 3 percent of Republicans, 12 percent of independents and 29 percent of Democrats agree.

• 11 percent overall have “a great deal of confidence” in the media; 3 percent of Republicans, 10 percent of independents and 20 percent of Democrats agree.

• 4 percent overall are unsure how they feel about the media; 0 percent of Republicans, 4 percent of independents and 4 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: An NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll of 1,061 U.S. adults conducted July 19-22.

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