- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 10, 2015

More research now suggests that the general public as well as Republicans side with Donald Trump’s immigration proposals for Muslims. A new Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday finds that 66 percent of likely Republican voters favor a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here.

A quarter of the respondents oppose the plan, with 10 percent undecided.

Mr. Trump has further clarified his views, telling ABC News that his idea was not about religion, but about “safety.” Meanwhile, Democratic frontrunner Hilary Clinton weighed in on the proposal, telling her fans at a campaign stop Wednesday, “It’s not only shameful, it’s dangerous,” adding, “We have to enlist help from American Muslims, Muslims around the world in defeating the radical jihadists and the hateful ideology they represent.”

But Americans are watching. Among all U.S. voters, almost half - 46 percent - favor a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, while 40 percent are opposed, 14 percent undecided.

Another 59 percent of voters overall believe it is “too easy for foreigners to legally enter the Untied States,” the poll found. Only 10 percent believe it is too hard, while 23 percent say the level of difficulty is about right. Still, when thinking about immigration policy in general, 59 percent also say the U.S. “should treat all potential immigrants equally.”

The survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted December 8-9 by Rasmussen Reports.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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