Jeremy M. Lange
Trump supporters in Raleigh last weekend.
You may have heard that Donald Trump announced yesterday that he believes—or, at least, says he believes—that the United States should immediately ban all Muslims from entering the country.
Trump’s statement has been roundly criticized by most American politicians, including libtards such as Dick Cheney
and Paul Ryan
But it remains to be seen if Trump's polling numbers will fall as a result. In North Carolina, they may even spike, if the numbers coming out of the Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling are accurate.
A new poll
from PPP, released today, finds that Donald Trump supporters in North Carolina are responding quite favorably to Trump’s paranoid gospel of discrimination. Though the poll was conducted over the weekend, and thus doesn't take into account yesterday's remarks, there's reason to believe it won't particularly bother Trump's tribe.
According to PPP, among Trump supporters in North Carolina:
- 67 percent support a national database of Muslims in the United States.
- 62 percent believe a bunch of Arab people cheered as the World Trade Center crashed to the ground on Sept. 11, 2001.
- Just 24 percent believe Islam should be legal in the U.S., compared to 44 percent who think Islam should be outlawed. (Wonder how many of these folks were going on about “religious freedom” when Kim Davis was doing her gay-marriage protest in Kentucky.)
PPP notes that Trump supporters are hardly the only conservative voters in North Carolina who espouse some of these beliefs.
- 48 percent of N.C. GOP voters polled think there should be a national database of Muslims, compared to 33 percent opposed. Of Ted Cruz supporters, 43 percent think there should be such a database. Of Marco Rubio's supporters, 38 percent.
- 42 percent of N.C. GOP voters polled believe that thousands of Arabs cheered in New Jersey on 9/11. Of Cruz's supporters, 47 percent believe this. (Not even remotely true, by the way.)
- 35 percent of North Carolina GOP voters think all mosques in the U.S. should be shut down. Forty-one percent of Cruz's supporters agree.
Microscopic silver lining: On the whole, 41 percent of North Carolina GOP voters at least think Islam should be legal, according to the PPP poll. Trump supporters are the only group in which a plurality opposes Islam as a legal religion in the U.S.
We asked PPP director Tom Jensen whether he thought Trump's latest batch of anti-Muslim rhetoric would help him or hurt him in the Old North State.
"I don't think it'll make much of a difference either way among his supporters in the short term," Jensen says. "We’ve been polling on these aspects of his supporters since August. It started when we saw from our polls that Trump supporters tended to think Obama was a Muslim and that Obama wasn't born in the U.S. I think this stuff is a big part of his appeal; it fuels it. He says things that certain conservative voters think, but that they've never heard a politician say before. Trump is basically saying to these people, ‘You can think whatever you want to think, no matter how racist or discriminatory it is.’ He's giving them a voice. And you see that in these numbers."