Research conducted by YouGov shows that when presented with the most famous section of ‘A New Colossus’, Americans tend to recognize its message when looking at American society. 78% say that the US did once serve as a refuge for the ‘huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ in the past. 54% also say that the United States should serve as such a refuge for the poor and homeless of the world in the years to come. 

When asked whether the idea of the US as refuge for the world’s disenfranchised and dispossessed actually applies now, slightly less than half (47%) say that it does. 36% say outright that the message of ‘A New Colossus’ does not apply to the US now, with Republicans (39%) and people in the Northeast (41%) being the most likely to say that it does not.