To collect baseline data for general public opinions on resettlement, four refugee-related questions were added to annual Vermonter poll. The results of these polls for 2015 and 2016 were analyzed both individually and in comparison to one another.
In comparing the results from 2015 and 2016, 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 Comparison Charts:
These charts show the comparison of responses between the years 2015 and 2016. This includes charts which compare the ‘Other’ 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 ‘Other’ responses are calculated using the total number of only the ‘Other’ responses given, not from the total number of responses to each question.