Poll: Divide on Muslim neighborhood patrols but majority now back Muslim travel ban

Research from YouGov/HuffPost indicates that the public is divided on whether or not law enforcement should ‘patrol and secure’ Muslim neighborhoods in the United States. 45% support it while 40% oppose it, with most Democrats (57%) opposed and a large majority of Republicans (74%) in favor of the policy.

Despite the narrow support for proactive patrolling of Muslim areas, a significant majority of Americans (63% to 24%) say that it is better to work with Muslim communities to identify potential terrorists than it is to rely on putting these communities under intense surveillance. Even most Republicans (52%) prefer cooperation to surveillance.