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Most Americans favor granting Afghans who worked with US refugee status: poll

Republicans, Democrats near identical in support for measure, but support drops for resettling other Afghan groups

Michael Hernandez   | 04.10.2021
Most Americans favor granting Afghans who worked with US refugee status: poll FILE PHOTO

WASHINGTON

An overwhelming majority of Americans approve of granting refugee status to Afghans who aided the US prior to their country's violent takeover by the Taliban, according to a poll released on Monday.

A full 72% of Americans are in favor of granting refugee status to Afghans who "worked with the U.S. or Afghan governments during the war," according to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs survey. Support is near identical along party lines with 76% of Democrats agreeing to the proposal, compared to 74% of Republicans.

But when asked about granting refugee status to "other people who fear living in Afghanistan under Taliban rule," support dramatically drops to 57% of Democrats, and just one-in-four Republicans.

Turning to US President Joe Biden's withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, roughly 45% of respondents said they "strongly/somewhat approve" compared to 39% who said they "strongly/somewhat disapprove." Fourteen percent said they "neither approve nor disapprove."

Support is strongest among Biden's fellow Democrats with two-thirds agreeing with the pullout. Just one-in-four Republicans followed suit.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 23-27 with 1,099 adults.

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