In our latest website poll, 58% of readers said they oppose Trump's travel ban moves, which have been blocked by the federal courts as unconstitutional and discriminatory. Most of those opposed agreed with the statement that such a ban would be "bad for the US comms and tech sector." Even a small fraction of the 31% who supported the travel ban agreed with the majority that "it might have a negative effect" on the sector.
More than 1,700 readers responded to the poll, which was conducted mostly after the Trump administration came out with its original travel ban but before the president issued his second, somewhat revised executive order. That first executive order, which would have prohibited citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the US, was quickly struck down by a series of court rulings around the country. The new, revised order trims the number of targeted countries to six, removing Iraq from the list. (See Trump & Tech: Round 1, Telcos Tight-Lipped on Trump Travel Ban as Tech Titans Take Fire and Tech CEOs Rail Against Trump's Travel Ban.)
In the LR poll, slightly over 47% of readers agreed that the original ban was "bad and unconstitutional" and said it would hurt the comms and tech industries. More than 11% said they opposed the order but thought it would not "have any lasting negative effect" on the sector.
On the other end of the spectrum, nearly 27% of survey respondents said they supported the order and urged all Americans to "get behind it." Another 4.5% said they backed the ban as well but agreed with critics that it might hurt the comms and tech sector.
Finally, 10.5% of readers said they were neutral on the travel ban and were willing to see how it turned out once put into effect. But, at the rate the courts are ruling on the ban, they may never get to find out.
— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading