On 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?”
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:
— Stephen Black (@stephenhblack) November 23, 2015
Do you believe the U.S. isn't already tracking all Muslims inside the country?
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) November 23, 2015
@kausmickey I think he misheard the question. It's a short hop from "tracking Muslims in the U.S." to "tracking Muslims entering the U.S."
— Dave O'Connell (@bethenikki) November 21, 2015
One person suggested using the database to track gun owners:
When we're done tracking Refugees/Muslims perhaps we can use that software to create a fed assault weapons database to track the real danger
— Alex (@YourYakiri) November 21, 2015
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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