With each state now deciding how many refugees from the Middle East, via Europe, to take in, Idaho Politics Weekly finds that few Idahoans know about a local refugee resettlement program.
But of those who have heard of the program, a majority of Idahoans still want the program to continue.
Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that only 20 percent of Idaho residents have heard about the College of Southern Idaho’s program, located in Twin Falls.
Here is a brief history of the college’s refugee resettlement program.
Various groups are opposing the United States taking in a significant number of refugees, for a variety of reasons including that some anti-American terrorists may sneak into the country posing as real refugees from Syria and other war-torn areas.
Still other Americans say it is time for us to stand up and help out, considering that some refugees are fleeing from conflict zones in part caused by two U.S. wars in the region.
A natural place for refugees coming to Idaho would be through the college’s resettlement program.
Jones finds that only 20 percent of Idahoans even have heard of the program, 80 percent they had not.
Of those 20 percent with some knowledge of the college’s work, 58 percent said they are “somewhat” or “very” familiar with it, 39 percent said they didn’t know much about it.
And of the 20 percent who said they have heard of the resettlement program, 52 percent said they want that work to continue, but 32 percent said they are opposed.
The United States government recently announced it would take in 120,000 Mid-Eastern refugees – but a small number compared to the hundreds of thousands now trying to make their way across Europe.
When those refugees to the U.S. will arrive is not known.
Jones polled 508 adults from Aug. 20-31; the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.35 percent.