Republicans embrace Trump’s ban on Muslims while most others reject it

A majority of Republicans support presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to temporarily block Muslims from entering the United States, even as a clear majority of the public overall rejects the idea in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The survey finds broad sympathy for Muslims in the United States following recent terrorist attacks in Paris and California. The poll shows that more than seven in 10 adults think Muslims in the United States face discrimination for their religion, with nearly six in 10 saying such discrimination is not justified. Fewer than three in 10 say mainstream Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims, a similar finding to surveys conducted before the recent violence.

…. Support for Trump’s plan falls to 38 percent among political independents and to 17 percent among Democrats. His proposal also receives varying support across religious lines. Fewer than one-quarter of Americans with no religious affiliation support a ban on Muslims, 24 percent, compared with 40 percent of all Christians and 54 percent of white evangelical Protestants. [The Washington Post] Read more

Republicans Split on Donald Trump’s Proposal to Ban Muslims, Poll Finds

Donald J. Trump’s plan to ban foreign Muslims from entering the United States has received bipartisan condemnation from lawmakers and advocacy groups, but Republicans in general appear to support the idea, according to a national poll released Thursday.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal survey found that 57 percent of all those polled opposed Mr. Trump’s idea, with 25 percent supporting it. However, Republicans in the poll were essentially split on the proposal, with 42 percent backing a moratorium on Muslims’ entering the country and 36 percent opposing such a policy.

When looking at just potential Republican primary voters, views were even more sharply divided, with 38 percent for the ban and 39 percent opposed to it.

The results show that despite the fact that people around the world have accused Mr. Trump of being a bigot for wanting to bar Muslims, the proposal may not hurt him in the race for the Republican nomination. In fact, it could help. [The New York Times] Read more

Donald Trump’s Plan on Muslims Is Opposed by Most Americans; GOP Is Split, WSJ/NBC Poll Finds

His standing among Republican primary voters is unaffected by his comments, poll also shows.

Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S. is opposed by a solid majority of Americans, while almost four in 10 Republican primary voters support the idea, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. [Wall Street Journal] Read more