Poll: Majority of Republicans support Trump's Muslim ban
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Nearly two-thirds of likely GOP primary voters support Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE’s proposal to ban Muslims from coming into the country, a new poll found.

A Bloomberg Politics/Purple Strategies PulsePoll released Wednesday found that the real estate mogul’s latest remarks are backed by 65 percent of likely GOP voters. When told both sides of the argument, support for Trump’s proposal remained relatively unchanged at 64 percent.

The online poll conducted Wednesday also found that about 37 percent of those surveyed would be more likely to vote for the businessman after his call to temporarily halt Muslims from entering the United States until elected leaders can “figure out what’s going on.”

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“We believe these numbers are made up of some people who are truly expressing religious bigotry and others who are fearful about terrorism and are willing to do anything they think might make us safer,” Doug Usher of Purple Strategies, said. "This indicates that, despite some conventional wisdom expressed in the last 48 hours, this is unlikely to hurt Trump at least in the primary campaign."

Among likely Republican primary voters, Trump has a favorability rating a of 65 percent — 1 percentage point higher than rival Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats Mellman: Are primary debates different? Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court MORE (Fla.), and 4 percentage points higher than Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House to convene social media summit after new Trump attacks GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats O'Rourke on Senate bid backer Beyoncé: I will have to 'earn her support' for 2020 MORE (Texas). However, of the three GOP candidates whose favorability was measured in the poll, Trump has the highest unfavorable ratings, 33 percent compared to Rubio's 22 percent and Cruz's 26 percent.

Despite high support among Republicans for Trump's proposal, only 18 percent of Democrats support his idea; overall, the poll found that only 37 percent support Trump’s ban while 50 percent oppose it. He also has a negative favorability of 64 percent.

The online poll surveyed 605 likely 2016 general election voters. The overall margin of error is 4 percentage points and the margin of error of likely GOP primary voters is 7 percentage points.