From Mark Steyn, who said that Donald Trump does not sound to most Americans as nutty as John Kerry:
A few listeners/readers/viewers wrote to say they doubted my confidence in “most Americans”: Even conservatives were so beaten down by political correctness they would side with the media, the Democrats, and all the respectable Republicans (Jeb!, Kasich, Lindsey Graham, etc) in being utterly horrified by the proposal. Well, we now have some numbers:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 66% of Likely Republican Voters favor a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Just 24% oppose the plan, with 10% undecided.
Among all voters, 46% favor a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, while 40% are opposed. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided…
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters believe it is too easy for foreigners to legally enter the Untied States. Only 10% believe it is too hard, while 23% say the level of difficulty is about right.
As they say on Broadway, nobody likes it but the public. More.
Reality check: But does that matter? The more people depend on government to feed, clothe, and house them and make them feel good about themselves, the less likely their opinion can matter much, unless it serves the interests of their minders.
If they are even concerned about their personal safety in an age of global terror groups, they are “bigots,” and will increasingly feel themselves to be so. After all, who said anyone had a right to live, if they interfere with the assumed rights of someone more important? Didn’t we settle that a long time ago?
It’s no use complaining that the government we pay taxes to ignores our safety if we are in fact tax negative. Over time, numbers matter.
See also: Academic: Never mind the news, we live in safe times