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CBS NEWS POLL

Most Americans Oppose a Ban on Muslims Entering the U.S.
December 9-10, 2015
Q1. Held for future release
Q2. Do you think the U.S. should temporarily ban Muslims from other countries from entering the United States, or not?

Should ban
Should not ban
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
36
54
23
35
58
38
73
59
6
8
5
7

Q3. Would you favor or oppose the federal government keeping a database containing the names of Muslims in the
United States?
Favor
Oppose
Don't know/No answer

44
46
10

60
31
9

31
61
7

44
44
12

Q4. If Muslims are temporarily banned from entering the U.S. do you think the United States will be safer from
terrorism, less safe from terrorism or will temporarily banning Muslims from entering the U.S. have no effect on the
United States' safety from terrorism?
Safer from terrorism
Less safe from terrorism
No effect
Don't know/No answer

28
19
46
6

45
15
35
5

14
27
52
7

27
17
49
7

Q5. Do you think that temporarily banning Muslims from entering the US is in keeping with the founding principles of
this country or goes against the founding principles of this country?
Keeping with founding principles
Goes against founding principles
Don't know/No answer

25
67
8

39
51
10

15
78
7

24
69
7

Q6. What is your impression of the religion called Islam? Is it very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat
unfavorable, very unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about that to say?

Very favorable
Somewhat favorable
Somewhat unfavorable
Very unfavorable
Haven't heard enough
Don't know/No answer

7
17
13
16
39
9

4
16
20
25
26
9

9
21
10
9
40
11

8
14
11
15
46
8

Nov15e
%
8
18
14
23
28
10

Q7. Generally speaking, do you think the Islamic religion encourages violence more than other religions around the
world, less than other religions around the world, or about the same as other religions around the world?

More
Less
Same amount
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
38
55
25
37
4
3
7
3
48
32
57
50
10
10
12
10

Apr13b
%
43
7
32
18

Q8. Do you think Muslim Americans are more sympathetic to terrorists than other American citizens are, or not?

More sympathetic
Not more sympathetic
Don't know/No answer

32
54
14

42
44
13

28
62
10

30
54
16

23
27
2
48
*

18
29
1
51
1

Aug11b
30
57
13

Q9. Do you personally know anyone who is Muslim?
Know Muslim, close friend
Know Muslim, not close
Self or family is Muslim
Don't know any Muslims
Don't know/No answer

18
30
1
50
1

Total Respondents

Unweighted
1,011

Total Republicans
Total Democrats
Total Independents

304
313
394

13
36
*
51
*

Weighted

261
308
441

Margin of error
4 pts.
6 pts.
6 pts.
5 pts.