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For example, 59 percent of respondents favored the U.S. taking in refugees from Middle East conflict zones, after screening them for possible terrorists; 41 percent opposed this.Only three immigrants have been arrested in the U.S. on terrorism charges since 2011, yet the fear of terrorism dominates concerns about migrants by many Americans.One fascinating finding of the poll was that 56 percent of Americans thought the 2003 war in Iraq (which the U.S. launched and led) played a significant role in the events leading up to the Syrian refugees situation today, while 31 percent said it played a small role.A majority prefers the U.S. to offer assistance to refugees abroad; 79 percent of respondents wanted the U.S. to send humanitarian professionals to assist abroad, and 60 percent said the U.S. should provide financial assistance to charities that assist refugees abroad. An equal 60 percent said that individuals and community groups should sponsor refugees in the U.S. Nearly half (47 percent) said the U.S. government should allow more war refugees into the country.
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