National Review readers are not impressed with the results of the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center on whether the American public believes the government should keep America safe.
The poll, which was released Wednesday, found that a solid majority of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents believe that the United States should keep its country safe from threats and attacks by foreigners.
But only 30 percent of Republicans agree that the country should keep the United State safe from terrorists.
Only 10 percent of the public believes that America should keep our borders secure.
The poll found that about the same percentage of Republicans think America should do so.
It is not clear if the new poll will have an impact on the presidential race, with both Trump and Sanders polling in the mid-40s in recent surveys.
More than 40 percent of Americans said that the US should “defend our country against terrorists, criminals, and other threats,” while 32 percent said that they believed that the U.S. should “keep our borders safe.”
But Trump is leading the pack with nearly eight in 10 Republicans and Republican-leaning Americans saying the U “should defend our country,” while only 7 percent of Democrats believe the U should “protect our borders.”
Sanders and Trump are both in a virtual tie in the race for the Democratic nomination, with only about one in four Democrats saying they are likely to vote for them.
Pew Research has been conducting its annual survey on national attitudes toward the government’s role in protecting Americans since 2002.
“The results of this latest national poll confirm that a majority of Americans believe the government must protect the American people from threats posed by foreign terrorists, criminal groups, and foreign governments,” the Pew study says.
A plurality of Americans also say that the government “should keep the U-S-A (United States of America) safe from terrorist attacks, while fewer than a quarter say that it should not.
Only 10% of Republicans say the country must protect its borders, while 30 percent say that border security should be left to the states.
There are also significant divisions along party lines on this question, with nearly three in 10 Democrats and Republican leaners and independents disagreeing that the federal government should “make the country safer.”
The survey found that just about a third of Republicans, and about half of independents, agree that “the U. S. should not allow terrorists to enter our country.
Just a third, or about one-third, of Democrats and Democratic leaners agree.
As for whether or not to let in foreign terrorists and criminals, about as many Republicans (32 percent) as Democrats (28 percent) agree that those who are in the U, but are not in the country illegally should be allowed to enter the country.
But about as few Republicans (14 percent) and Democrats (12 percent) believe that foreigners who are here legally should be barred from entering the country because of a fear of terrorism.
Americans are also split on whether to allow Syrian refugees into the country, with one-quarter of Republicans saying they should not be allowed into the U., while 24 percent say they should.
About one in three Republicans (31 percent) say that refugees from the Middle East should be let in.
But nearly three-quarters of Democrats (71 percent) disagree.
This is not the first time Pew has polled on the national security issue.
The group conducted an identical survey in 2015, when the country was facing an uptick in ISIS attacks, which the survey found was mainly due to refugees and migrants from Syria.
While the current survey is not an outlier, it does show that the public is divided on the question of whether the federal safety net should be expanded or cut, which could help define the general election.
Democrats are also looking to take advantage of the divide in support for the government safety net in this election, while Republicans are looking to capitalize on the gap in their own party.