MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Syrian refugees fleeing the war-torn Middle Eastern country should not be allowed in the US, according to 66 percent of Tennesseans.
It’s one of the findings in a Middle Tennessee State University poll conducted in mid-January.
Twenty-two percent of the 600 people asked in the poll said the refugees should be allowed in the US.
It’s not surprising for Tennessee House Republican Caucus chair Glen Casada.
The legislative leader drew criticism in November after suggesting Syrian refugees already in Tennessee be watched by the TBI or rounded up by the National Guard to be delivered back to federal immigration officials.
“ISIS itself has claimed it is going to infiltrate the Syrian population and bring troops, as they call it, into our country, so Tennesseans want to protect their families and their loved ones,” Casada told News 2.
The MTSU poll also asked about abortion.
Fifty-six percent said abortion should be illegal either in most cases or in all.
Thirty-six percent said abortion should be legal either in most cases or in all.
The figures reflect what lawmakers have often said.
They cited constituents’ wishes last year when they passed stricter abortion regulations in Tennessee.
The poll also said 50 percent of Tennessee voters oppose “raising the state’s tax on gasoline in order to fund better roads and bridges.”
Only 33 percent support an increase, and 16 percent don’t know.
Knowing numbers like those from the MTSU poll may be why the governor is not asking for an increase this session in the gas tax.
The poll released Wednesday also asks about gun laws.
Forty-four percent of Tennessee voters think laws covering the sale of guns should be left alone, while 34 percent think they should be made more strict, and 18 percent think they should be made less strict.