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Texans are split on whether to subject American Muslims to greater scrutiny than citizens who observe other religions, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Overall, 45 percent said “Muslims living in the U.S. should be subject to more scrutiny than people in other religious groups,” and 40 percent said they should not be subject to that.
Republican voters were strongly in favor of scrutinizing American Muslims: 69 percent said they would support that, while 20 percent were against it. Eighteen percent of Democrats support higher scrutiny of American Muslims; 66 percent oppose greater scrutiny. Independents, like Republicans, were more likely to favor greater scrutiny of Muslims: 59 percent, while 26 percent oppose it.
Half of the state’s voters don’t think the state should accept Syrian refugees who have passed through security clearances. Again, there is a partisan split in the numbers: 64 percent of Democrats would accept them, while 77 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of independents would not.