As President Barack Obama continues to verbally blast anyone who disagrees with his Syria refugee stance, public opinion polls are being conducted which reveal that most Americans do not agree with the president at all. Primarily, Obama has severely criticized the leading Republicans in the United States Congress for disagreeing with him, according to The Hill on Wednesday. The president has even mocked and ridiculed the GOP by saying that they first couldn’t handle moderators at a debate and now they fear refugee children. Of course, every time he makes such an assertion, he is reminded of how he couldn’t handle Fox News when he was running for election. Unfortunately for the president, he is standing more and more alone with his Democratic political allies in the Syrian refugee debate. Unfortunately for Americans who adamantly disagree with having the refugees settle in the United States, now that Obama isn’t running for office anymore, he hasn’t been swayed by what Americans want.
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There are several polls which give the same results asserting Americans’ overwhelming opinion that the United States should not, in fact, continue a program in which 10,000 Syrian refugees are resettled into the nation. Incredibly, according to a Breitbart poll result, only 28 percent would do as Obama wants and keep the refugee program with the screening process as it is now. Another 11 percent say they would favor a limited program to accept only Syrian Christians while excluding Muslims. A program dismissing Muslims has been called un-American and even shameful by the president, in spite of Americans’ opinion on the topic. Of course, there are those who will argue that Breitbart is a conservative publication. That logic doesn’t wash when one considers that other polls with like-results are considered to be left-leaning media outlet.
The NBC poll on the topic has similar results. That poll asserts that 56 percent of Americans oppose accepting Syrian refugees. In that poll result, nearly one-of-three Democrats even oppose the Syrian refugee plan put forth by Obama and his leftist-administration while 59 percent of Independents oppose Obama’s plan.
According to NBC, Obama has offended politicians such as Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with his method of throwing insults rather than debating the issue. Cruz has said that Obama’s words against those who disagree with him are “utterly unbefitting of a president.” Cruz told Obama to man-up and insult him to his face for his opinions on the subject – rather than throwing insults as he speaks in Turkey at a two-day summit. Obama has a history of insulting Republicans who strongly disagree with him. There are times his insults receive public backing. This time, such comments during the serious debate that affects American citizens personally are not helping sway persons to his side, according to the poll results. The message to Obama appears to be that it’s no time for insults, it’s time for a serious debate and a plan that will work for the refugees as well as Americans’ safety.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, timely polls have been taken after last Friday’s Paris terrorist attack. They were conducted between Nov. 15 – two days after the attacks – and Nov. 17. The polls also now indicate that an overwhelming majority of Americans now disapprove of the job that Obama is doing as president. United States adults also rate terrorism and the Islamic State – the terrorist group that has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, as the top issue facing the nation. In other words, Obama’s somewhat positive popularity with Americans – prior to the Paris attacks and his response to the Syrian refugee situation – has come crashing down.
As the debate goes on in the United States over the acceptance or non-acceptance of Syrian refugees, IS continued to threaten attacks. On Monday, IS threatened the United States – particularly Washington, D.C. Yet, Americans are basically split on whether the United States should send its troops to Iraq or Syria to fight the Islamic State. Forty-four percent say U.S. troops should be sent as ground forces while 45 percent disagree that the United States should send troops to fight on the ground. Additionally, Americans are split on whether they believe the United States has done enough to protect the United States from experiencing a terrorist attack as Paris just experienced.
In the midst of the controversy regarding the refugees, 26 governors out of 50 throughout the United States say they will not accept Syrian refugees. While it has been reported by Vox that the governors cannot actually do that as they do not have such authority, the governors do have the upper hand. The governors can – and it appears they will – refuse to fund and support the Syrian refugee programs within their states’ borders. Obviously, the refugees would be much better off by going to one of the 24 states that is not rejecting them. With public opinion staunchly against resettling the refugees, it is expected public pressure will cause the list of 26 states to grow. Presently, the following states assert they will not accept – or support – Syrian refugees: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.