Majority of Americans, 55% Support Trump’s Muslim Ban, 72% of Republicans, 45% of Democrats
From Fox News:
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump caused a stir last week when he called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States until the government can “figure out what is going on.”
How do voters feel about Trump’s proposal?
Well, that depends.
A new Fox News poll finds 50 percent of voters favor Trump’s ban, while 46 percent are opposed.
However, when Trump’s name is removed from the question, support for the plan goes up five points and opposition goes down six: 55 percent favor the unnamed proposal, while 40 percent oppose it.
So while voters favor the “Trump” ban by a 4-point margin — that increases to 15 points when the same ban is not associated with Trump.
There are stunning shifts in the responses among Democrats: 45 percent favor banning Muslims if Trump’s name is not mentioned, yet when the plan is identified as Trump’s, support drops to 25 percent.
Among Republicans, views hold steady: 71 percent favor it when attributed to Trump vs. 72 percent for the generic proposal.
Trump’s proposal was in response to the mass shooting that killed 14 people and injured 21 others in San Bernardino, California.
The FBI says the attack was carried out by a Muslim couple who supported the Islamic State. The wife had moved to the United States from Pakistan after passing multiple background checks by U.S. immigration officials.