Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Energy: Judges scrutinize Obama climate rule Colin Kaepernick: Clinton, Trump ‘embarrassing’ The Trail 2016: The fallout MORE held onto his lead in the GOP field, according to the first national poll conducted since the real estate mogul called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday found that Trump’s latest comments haven’t hurt his standing in the polls, as he leads with 35 percent support.
On Monday, Trump sparked a firestorm by proposing to halt all Muslims coming into the country to combat terrrorism. The idea has been condemned by members of both parties.
Among Republicans, 29 percent found Trump’s remarks offensive, compared to 64 percent who didn’t. Yet 41 percent of Republicans said the billionaire businessman’s comments may hurt his chances in the election.
The poll also found that 72 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of overall voters were offended by Trump’s ban.
The poll was conducted from Dec. 8 to Dec. 11 and surveyed 481 Republicans. The margin of error was 5 percentage points. Other polls released this week were partly conducted before his proposal.
A RealClearPolitics average of national polls shows that Trump leads his GOP rivals with 30.4 percent.