New York: At least 57 percent Americans reject Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily ban the entry of Muslim immigrants into the US, according to a survey.
Activists and people from Muslim community protest against Donald Trump’s proposal in New York. Pic/AFP
The survey conducted by NBC and The Wall Street Journal found that 25 per cent of Americans support the proposal and 18 per cent have no opinion or are 'not sure' about it, the survey showed on Thursday.
Last Monday, Trump, who handily leads the Republican presidential candidates in all recent voter opinion surveys, proposed temporarily banning US entry for all foreign Muslims till the authorities find ways to prevent terrorist attacks recently staged by radicalised Muslims.
He made his proposal after the San Bernardino, California, massacre that killed at least 14 people and injured 21others
According to the survey, Republicans are divided on Trump’s proposal with 42 per cent supporting his idea, 36 per cent opposing it and 22 per cent undecided.
Among Democrats, however, the differences are much clearer with 75 opposing his Muslim entry ban proposal, 11 per cent supporting it and 14 per cent having no opinion or saying they were not sure. The survey was carried out among a sample of 1,000 adults.
The survey found that 59 per cent of Americans have a favourable opinion of Muslims and 29 per cent have a negative opinion. Among Republicans, however, only 43 per cent have a favourable opinion, while 48 per cent have an unfavourable opinion of Muslims.
The survey also found that 41 per cent of those polled believe that Trump’’ campaign remarks are frequently insulting and have the wrong focus.
Among Republicans, just 16 per cent think that the New York real estate magnate’s tone is insulting.