The voices against US President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban have been loud and abundant.
But a new poll suggests, they don’t speak on behalf of the majority of Americans.
The poll, conducted by Reuters/Ipsos, is the first to test public opinion on the controversial Executive Order signed by the President on January 27 in an effort to prevent Islamic terrorists from entering the United States.
Asked if they agree with the order “blocking refugees and banning people from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S.”, 47 per cent of those surveyed said they did.
That’s six per cent more than the 41 per cent who disagreed.
On top of that, the poll found 31 per cent of Americans feel “more safe” because of the ban, compared with 26 per cent who said they felt less so.
The sweeping directive includes halting all refugee admissions for 120 days, an indefinite suspension of the Syrian refugee program and also a ban on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entering the US for 90 days.
It's a decision that has sparked protests at airports across North America and attracted criticism from world leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel, Britain's Theresa May and Canada's Justin Trudeau.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has remained tight-lipped on the issue, saying only "When I have frank advice to give to an American president, I give it in private as good friends do."
Most Americans are pleased by Trump's ban.
This is where the American people are at. This is what happens when fear takes hold.