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Findings on Voters' Attitudes toward Refugees and Asylum Policies


October 2018

Recent polling on refugees, including families with children, and voters’ attitudes toward United States asylum policies illustrates that voters favor allowing refugees to seek asylum and oppose the current policy of detaining families in jail.

Refugees apply for asylum for a variety of reasons, and voters feel empathy toward parents who are providing safety for their children, as well as toward victims of sexual violence, or war and conflict.