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New Poll Reveals Where You Get Your News Is Stronger Indicator Of Your Immigration Stance Than Party Affiliation

According to a new poll from NPR/Ipsos, the news you watch impacts how you feel about immigration and asylum seekers. More than 1,000 people took part in the survey and the results show that when it comes to immigration, people’s beliefs align more with which network they watch than with Republican or Democratic ideologies.

It’s not surprising, for example, that people who watch Fox News have a strong anti-immigration stance.

Chris Jackson, an Ipsos pollster, said:

People who get their news from Fox News actually take the strongest anti-immigrant position of any group we looked at in this survey. I can’t really say if those views are coming because of Fox. Or if they’re watching Fox because they hold those views. But it’s a really strong connection.

On the flip side, people who watch CNN tend to have more compassion for immigrants and those seeking asylum from other countries.

Jackson added:

CNN viewers, 68 percent of them think these people are fleeing real danger, real persecution. Whereas only 20 percent of Fox News viewers believe that.

On the other hand, 72 percent — so almost three-quarters of Fox News viewers — think that refugee and asylum-seekers are just taking advantage of the system. They’re trying to cheat their way in.

Some folks weren’t surprised by the findings. 

Others wondered what other variables were involved. 

It might do everyone some good to change the channel once in a while.

H/T: NPR, Ipsos

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Written by Jonna Ivin

Jonna Ivin is the founder of STIR Journal and writer of the essay, I Know Why Poor Whites Chant, Trump, Trump, Trump. She has appeared on NPR, OPB, The Roland Martin Show and KCRW. Jonna is the author of the books Will Love For Crumbs, 8th Amendment, and, Sister Girl. Her writing has been featured in Good Magazine, STIR Journal, The Establishment, and xoJane. Twitter @jonnaivin