To collect baseline data for general public opinions on resettlement, four refugee-related questions were added to annual Vermonter Poll conducted by the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont over the past three years. The results of these polls for 2015-2017 were analyzed both individually and in comparison to one another.
In comparing the results from 2015 to 2017, we found that despite an increase in the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has dominated recent political discourse (especially towards incoming Syrian and Iraqi refugees), we discovered that support for refugee resettlement in Vermont had actually increased between the two polls.
Vermonter Poll 2015
Vermonter Poll 2016
Vermonter Poll 2017
Vermonter Poll Comparison Charts:
These charts show the comparison of responses for the years 2015-2017. This includes charts which compare the ‘Open-Responses’ to each question that surfaced in both years among the participants whom decided to respond outside of the given choices. The percentages for the ‘Open-Responses are calculated using the total number of only these responses given, not from the total number of responses to each question.
The categories for the ‘Open-Responses’ to these questions were created by our research team based on the shared themes present through out the participants’ answers. Therefore, the participants’ responses are not always word-for-word as they appear in our graphs.
Note: There was no ‘open-response’ option for question #1 of the Vermonter Poll, and there was only an ‘open-response’ option for question #2 for years 2015 and 2016.