Muslims Not Welcome: Vast Majority of GOP Voters Agree with Trump

Published on 23 Mar 2016

GOP voters and anti Muslim sentiments

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Title Text: Muslims Not Welcome: Vast Majority of GOP Voters Agree with Trump

Subtitle text: In December 2015, leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed a temporary but “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Since then, pollsters have asked Americans what they think about his plan. The results from GOP voters were startling.


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Text: Around ⅔ of GOP Primary Voters Support Muslim Ban

Percentage of GOP voters who said in primary exit polls that they support Trump’s ban on Muslims, by state. Graph shows that 16 states had an above 60% approval rating for the Muslim Ban: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin. Text at the bottom of graph reads: These are the only states that asked about Trump’s Muslim Ban in presidential primary exit polls.


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Average Support Across All GOP Exit Polls: 69%. Trump’s ban received the most support from GOP voters in Arkansas & Alabama where 78% supported it. His plan received the least amount of support among Republicans in Michigan where 62% supported it. Still, that’s an incredibly high number.


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Column 1 text: This exit poll is higher than the GOP support measured in nationwide polls conducted among likely voters in December 2015.

Column 2 text: Who Else Supports the Ban?

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Column 2a: Nationwide, 66% of likely GOP voters favored it, according to one Dec. poll. 65% and 59% expressed support in other surveys.

Column 2b: Georgia: 72% of Republican voters in the Peach State backed the plan

Column 2c: Democrats: 30% or less of likely Democrat voters nationwide supported the ban, according to three polls.


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Text: To learn more about Islamophobia in the 2016 elections, visit and follow us on Twitter (@bridgeinit). The Bridge Initiative is a project of Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Sources for the data on this infographic can be found on our website.