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Poll: Courts are right in blocking Trump's travel ban

President Donald Trump is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 19, 2017. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that most Americans say the federal courts were acting properly when they blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban from going into effect. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 19, 2017. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that most Americans say the federal courts were acting properly when they blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban from going into effect. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — Most Americans say federal courts are acting properly in blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Two versions of the travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries have been put on hold by federal courts. Trump says the ban is necessary to keep would-be terrorists from travelling to the United States. Opponents, including some state officials, argue that it is intended to keep Muslims out.

Fifty-seven per cent of Americans say the courts have acted correctly by blocking the travel ban from taking effect, while 39 per cent say the judges are wrongly interfering. The poll shows a sharp partisan divide: 82 per cent of Democrats say the courts acted rightly, while 73 per cent of Republicans say they're wrongly interfering.

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