Following up on a Tuesday post (which speculated that Donald Trump’s idea of barring Muslims would not hurt him with those attracted to his candidacy) here comes the first snap polling on the subject, via Philip Bump of the Washington Post’s The Fix blog.
The poll (which has issues that could allow you to disbelieve it) was taken online in a few California cities. It found majorities expressing support for Trump’s idea and expressing various other views unfriendly to Islam. Bump acknowledges the shortcomings of the poll, but also notes that it was taken in areas that President Obama carried in his 2012 reelection and that many Democrats in the survey were among those expressing support for Trump’s idea and a lot of them said they “strongly agreed” with Trump on the topic.
“In fact, more than a third of adults in both cities strongly agreed with the idea that Muslim should be barred from entering the country. In both places, more people strongly agreed with the idea than strongly disagreed. There was a partisan split, but even among Democrats, more than a quarter of those answering the poll strongly agreed with Trump’s idea.”
Late Wednesday addendum: I see that Bloomberg ran a poll with a national sample of “likely Republican primary voters.”
Bloomberg’s summary lede:
“Almost two-thirds of likely 2016 Republican primary voters favor Donald Trump’s call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S., while more than a third say it makes them more likely to vote for him.”