SUPPORT FOR MUSLIM BAN DECLINES ACROSS U.S. EXCEPT AMONG WHITE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS

While President Donald J. Trump reportedly is expected to issue a new executive order impacting immigration on Wednesday,

a newly released poll shows support for temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States is declining among most Americans except for one group: white evangelical Christians.

The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) on Friday released a poll showing 61 percent of white evangelical Protestants surveyed this month supported a temporary Muslim ban. That support has grown about 6 points since a similar survey was conducted in May, according to PRRI.

Roughly six in ten (59%) Americans oppose the ban

Among all other religious groups categorized by the institute, support for the ban has declined since the May survey. A majority of respondents in all other groups surveyed – white Catholics, white mainline Protestants, non-white Protestants and religiously unaffiliated Americans – did not favor the ban.

That echoes the responses the institute received from Americans overall: only 35 percent support a ban, down from 40 percent in May.

“Roughly six in ten (59%) Americans oppose the ban,” wrote researchers Daniel Cox and Robert P. Jones. “Views have been roughly stable since spring 2016 when a similar number (58%) of Americans expressed opposition to the ban.”

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