- The Washington Times - Monday, October 5, 2015

A survey last week from Public Policy Polling found that 40 percent of Republican voters in North Carolina believe the practice of Islam should be made illegal.

Only 40 percent of GOP voters believe Islam should definitely be legal, and the other 20 percent said they weren’t sure.

When asked if a Muslim should ever be allowed to be president, 72 percent of Republicans said no, and 12 percent were unsure. Only 16 percent of GOP voters said a Muslim should be able to hold the office.

The survey sampled 1,268 North Carolina voters. The New York Times also notes that the Raleigh-based PPP has Democratic Party ties. 

PPP director Tom Jensen said he asked the questions to determine how GOP voters were reacting to presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Ben Carson, who have both come under fire from the Muslim community, a local CBS affiliate reported.

The findings are not unique to North Carolina, Mr. Jensen said, as PPP found similar results in Iowa last month.

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