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Rasmussen: One in three support government tracking of Muslims

Donald-Trump2On Friday, Rasmussen reported that 32 percent of likely U.S. voters, including a “slight” plurality of Republicans, support government monitoring of Muslims.

According to Rasmussen, a slight majority — 52 percent — oppose such a move, but 16 percent are undecided.

According to Rasmussen, those participating in the poll were asked: “Should most individual Muslims be monitored by the government as potential terrorists?”

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GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has been pilloried by many for reportedly suggesting a “database” to keep track of Muslims.  Earlier this month, however, he backed down, saying the idea was not his, but a reporter’s.

“I didn’t suggest a database — a reporter did,” he said on Twitter. “We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America.”

Reaction on Twitter was pretty much divided:

https://twitter.com/Irate_American/status/667854713786789889

One person suggested using the database to track gun owners:

Because law-abiding Americans owning guns are apparently more dangerous than terrorists bent on killing innocent Americans.

What do you think? Should the federal government institute a system to track individual Muslims as terrorists?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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