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Trump Muslim ban shifted public opinion, study finds

Trump Muslim ban shifted public opinion, study finds
From Al Jazeera - January 13, 2018

A new study announced has found that an executive order signed by the US President Donald Trump barring travelers from several Muslim-majority countries caused a rare and significant shift in public opinion.

Days after he was inaugurated in January of 2017, Trump signed Executive Order 13769 that barredcitizens in seven countries from entering the US for 90 days. The bill, often referred to as a "Muslim ban", also barred refugees and caused mass confusion as to whether even travelers with US citizenship status were allowed back into the country.

Protests at airports broke out almost immediately and the move was severely criticised by politicians and pundits.

The original order was rescinded several weeks later, but the White House has released several revised traveller bans with a rotating list of countries.

According to a study published by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, the order and the wave of protests it unleashed caused a significant change in public opinion. The pollsters found that the reactions helped spur mass opposition to the policy.

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