If you’ve ever wondered what kind of person would want Donald Trump to be president, a new poll from the Deep South reveals the answer.
The survey by Public Policy Polling ahead of Saturday’s South Carolina Republican primary shows 31 percent, or nearly one in three S.C. respondents who say they support Trump, want the United States to bar gay people from entering the country. That’s nearly twice the percentage of supporters of any other Republican candidate — in the second position, 17 percent of those in Marco Rubio's camp want to keep gay immigrants out.
Anti-Muslim sentiment was even stronger, though. Eighty percent of Trump's supporters opposed letting Muslims immigrate to the U.S., followed by 52 percent of Rubio's.
Overall, PPP says Trump leads the field in South Carolina, with 35 percent of voters supporting him. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio received 18 percent, John Kasich got 10 percent, and Jeb Bush and Ben Carson 7 percent each.
PPP notes that Trump’s support cuts across South Carolina’s demographics: those describing themselves as both very and somewhat conservative, senior and younger voters, men, self-identified Republicans, middle-aged voters, both evangelicals and non-evangelicals, and moderates and self-identified independent voters.
And Trump supporters are die-hard in South Carolina: The pollster asked voters if they might change their minds about their preferred candidates, but among those who say they support Trump, 77 percent tell PPP they will definitely vote for him.
Read more about the PPP poll here.