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New Poll Takes Snapshot Of Mood On Refugees

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A new poll finds a slim majority favor banning Syrian refugees from coming to this country for now, but not all Muslims.

The survey also revealed concern about the terror threat from within.

Quinnipiac University's Polling Institute took the temperature of more than 1,100 registered voters across the country last week - in the wake of the terror attack in San Bernadino and the furor over the refugee question.

Assistant Poll Director Tim Malloy says while voters oppose accepting Syrian refugees by a small majority, party lines show a divide on the question.

"Democrats by a margin of better than 3-1 would accept Syrian refugees, Republicans would ban them 4-1, independents are kind of in the middle. So, there's a dramatic party difference on this."

Overall, Malloy says a majority of those surveyed say they would oppose a ban on all Muslims coming into the U.S.

He says the survey also found deep concern about the potential of a terrorist attack in the country.

"The great concern is not a terrorist from a distant country or an ocean away, but from someone down the block - a homegrown jihadist."

And, the poll continued to find deep division on new gun controls, but growing support for background checks for purchases at gun shows or online.


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