Strong majority oppose accepting more Syrian refugees – 567 citizens

Sep 13, 2015

The Syrian refugee crisis was a hot topic with presidential candidates who visited New Hampshire in September after an announcement by President Obama that the United States would accept at least 10,000 displaced Syrians over the next fiscal year. In response, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Should NH welcome more refugees?”

“Should NH welcome more refugees?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Syrian Refugees New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 567 participants gave 1,318 responses

A total of 85% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 15% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 567 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,318 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority, at 88% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were against accepting more Syrian refugees.  

  • “I am concerned because I know too many people who cannot find jobs, or are under-employed. We need to focus on helping NH residents find jobs before helping refugees find jobs and living accommodations.”
  • “The concept of charity begins at home. We have so many homeless Americans right now sleeping in the street—how can we take care of others when we cannot even take care of our own?”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 12%, were in favor of accepting more Syrian refugees.

  • “I don't see why I get to lay claim to a state just because I happened to be born here. We need to help others who are suffering.”
  • “We already have more violent homegrown (and overwhelmingly Christian-identity) extremists in the US than we could ever import from Syria.”

Other: As noted above, 15% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.

  • Foreign policy: “We are directly responsible for what is happening over there.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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