Georgia poll finds wide GOP support for Donald Trump and his Muslim ban

A supporter yells encouragement for his campaign while Donald Trump works the crowd at the conclusion of his second campaign visit to Georgia at the Macon Centreplex Coliseum on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Macon. (AJC/Curtis Compton )

A supporter yells encouragement for his campaign while Donald Trump works the crowd at the conclusion of his second campaign visit to Georgia at the Macon Centreplex Coliseum on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Macon. (AJC/Curtis Compton )

A new poll conducted by Landmark/Rosetta Stone for Channel 2 Action News shows Donald Trump leading the Republican presidential field in Georgia by an even wider margin than he does nationally, with GOP voters overwhelmingly approving his plan to block Muslims from entering the U.S.

Meanwhile, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has tumbled to fourth, mired in single digits. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is now holding second place to Trump.

Here’s the ballot test breakdown:

  • Trump: 43.1 percent
  • Cruz: 16.2 percent
  • Marco Rubio: 10.6 percent
  • Carson: 6.7 percent
  • Jeb Bush: 4.8 percent
  • Mike Huckabee: 1.9 percent
  • Carly Fiorina: 1.8 percent
  • John Kasich: 1.5 percent
  • Rand Paul: 0.5 percent

Among the 800 voters surveyed Thursday, 12.9 percent said they were undecided. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.3 percent.

Trump’s lead is strongest among men (48 percent) and 18-39 year-olds (51.7 percent, though this is a much smaller sample, befitting the Republican primary electorate). Carson carried 18 percent in the same poll in September, but saw his support fall off.

Trump, polling aficionado that he is, celebrated the results on Twitter:

Respondents were asked the following question about the Muslim ban: “Donald Trump has proposed prohibiting Muslims from entering the United States until stronger background checks can be employed. Others have argued that this would discriminate against people based on their religion. Do you generally support or oppose this proposal?”

Among Georgia Republican primary voters, a whopping 71.8 percent backed Trump, with 17.2 percent opposed.

Trump has visited Georgia twice this year, while Cruz makes his sixth visit next week on an SEC Primary fly-around.


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