According to the survey, 41 percent of USA citizens find Trump’s campaign statements insulting while 59 percent are in favor of Muslims.
One focus group participant said: “I wouldn’t urinate on him if he was on fire”.
While Trump is considered the most decisive of the five GOP candidates tested in the poll, Texas Sen. “I could have done it, it was semi-scheduled”.
In fact following a speech in which Trump said he wanted to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., people in the United Kingdom launched a petition that asked the government to ban Trump from entering their country. After she quickly rejected Trump’s remarks on Twitter, a fund-raising email went out that night from a top aide, Huma Abedin, under the subject line “I’m a proud Muslim”. Sure, Trump would have gotten his obligatory photo at the Western Wall wearing a yarmulke, and he would have said that shows he has the foreign policy chops and statesmanship to be president. “What he’s saying now is not only shameful and wrong-it’s risky”, she said in reference to Trump’s comments about Muslims and Muslim Americans. In a statement on YouTube, Anonymous said it is focusing its efforts on Trump due to his deeply bigoted rhetoric against Latinos and Muslims.
Despite rising Islamophobia on the right, some Muslim Republicans say they’re optimistic about the future of the party.
Riding stronger than ever before in the Republican polls, Trump’s event in New Hampshire Thursday was perfectly conventional: He was receiving the endorsement of a police union inside a smaller-than-usual hotel conference room.
The general opposition to a Muslim ban contrasts with an overall negative view of Islam, a religion of which 29 percent of Americans say they have an unfavorable impression, CBS News noted. Michal Rozin, a left-wing member of Israel’s Parliament, declared a “victory of the democratic values of the state of Israel” after Trump said he wasn’t coming. A month ago, only 4 percent of Americans said terrorism was the most important problem; now, 19 percent say it is. But ultimately, even if every candidate roundly condemns Trump’s language, the only factor driving American attitudes toward Muslims in the near term is whether there are more Muslim-related terrorist attacks between now and Election Day.
Mr. Trump has the support of 35 percent of Republican primary voters, a substantial rise from late October when he had 22 per cent and was edged out by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, said the NYT/CBS poll. “Their language may be more veiled than Trump’s, but their ideas aren’t so different”. Marco Rubio, 52 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 42 percent.
Trump has repeatedly made false or dubious assertions, such as his debunked claim to have seen thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheering the 9/11 attacks.