Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds Of Likely GOP Voters Back Trump’s Muslim Ban

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Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s recent proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. has far from hurt his poll numbers; in fact, a poll released Wednesday found that almost two-thirds of GOP primary voters back the widely-condemned plan.

In a new Bloomberg Politics/Purple Strategies poll, 37 percent of all likely general election voters said they support Trump’s plan while 65 percent of likely Republican primary voters said they back the ban.

Support for the controversial proposal remained nearly unchanged after those surveyed were presented with more information about the plan, including the statement “it will make our country less safe by alienating the allies we need to fight ISIS.”

“We believe these numbers are made up of some people who are truly expressing religious bigotry and others who are fearful about terrorism and are willing to do anything they think might make us safer,” Doug Usher, leader of Purple Strategies’ research arm, said of the results.

Trump’s anti-Muslim plan makes 18 percent of all general election voters more likely to vote for the real estate mogul, Bloomberg reported. Thirty-three percent of voters said they were less likely to back Trump after the plan, while 44 percent reported the proposal has no impact on their vote.

The national overnight poll of 605 likely 2016 voters was conducted online Dec. 8 using an opt-in representative panel. It has a 4 percent margin of error.

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  1. And this is why the GOP as a political party, and “conservatism” in its current incarnation needs to die.

  2. Avatar for mymy mymy says:

    Proves how absymally stupid Republicans are. They don’t realize that someone who wants to slice and dice who is or is not “American” may face the same thing someday. Remember the Khmer Rouge killing people who wore eyeglasses (weaklings, after all). There is no end to the process.

    I just saw in The Guardian, by the way, that Trump fundraised for the IRA in NY before the terrorist attacks on London in 1995. So you see he’s not against ALL terrorism… http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/09/donald-trump-ireland-sinn-fein-terrorism

  3. I get the 18% of the general electorate. These are the same people who think George Bush pees gold and poops jelly beans. They are the same group that believe in bigfoot and psychics. But who the f— are the 44% where this makes no difference? I am hoping that means that there was no chance in Hell they would support Trump anyway and this doesn’t change that. But his proposal actually made me think less of him, something I didn’t think possible.

  4. I saw this quote on ths site on another thread… it is also appropriate here…

    “When Fascism comes to America it will come wrapped in the Flag and carrying a Cross.” - Upton Sinclair

  5. We have met the enemy, and they are the Republican base.

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