Across the political spectrum, a broad majority of Americans say they favor welcoming Afghan allies to the U.S. — driven in part by an outpouring of support from groups that generally favor tougher restrictions on immigration.
More than seven out of 10 Americans support resettling Afghans who worked with the U.S. government or military, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll. That number includes strong majorities of Republicans, as well as white and rural voters, who are less likely to support admitting refugees and migrants from other parts of the world.
“We have an obligation to these [Aghan] people, to get them help, to get them to safety,” said poll respondent Francesco Logreco, a Republican from St. Clair Shores, Mich., in a follow-up interview.
Logreco says illegal immigration is a “massive problem.” And the 23-year old has limited sympathy for Central American migrants fleeing from cartels and corruption because the U.S. is not at war with those countries.
But Logreco says Afghan nationals who opposed the Taliban are different.
“They love America. They fought for us. They were with us the whole time. True allies to the West,” he said.
Most Americans see a “duty” to help
The poll was conducted between Sept. 1 and 2, just days after the end of the U.S. airlift out of Kabul. It found that nearly three in four Americans, including 73% of Republicans, favor resettling Afghans who worked with the U.S. government. Nearly two-thirds of all respondents support resettling Afghans who fear repression or persecution from the Taliban. [see the ful article]