A survey released on Feb. 16 by Public Policy Polling found Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump coming in at 35 percent in South Carolina. GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida are at 18 percent, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio comes in at 10 percent, while Jeb Bush and Ben Carson bring up the rear at 7 percent.
Among Trump supporters, 31 percent want to ban gay people from entering the U.S., while 80 percent would ban Muslims. Of those polled, 62 percent want to create a national database of Muslims, and 40 percent support closing all mosques in the U.S.
Of would-be Trump voters polled, 33 percent think Islam should be illegal, and 32 percent support the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Of the Trump supporters polled, 38 percent wish the South had won the Civil War -- which would have kept black people as slaves -- while 24 percent support the North winning, but 38 percent were not sure.
Trump was recently endorsed by Texas-based televangelist Mike Murdock who told Bloomberg Politics, “[Trump] has a warrior spirit for restoring America in the eyes of the world and he has a warrior’s heart. I am endorsing him for president.”
“We feel as evangelicals that God is being ignored,” added Murdock, who often preaches a prosperity-centered message. “We feel that there’s content for God in the Bible, and I believe that Mr. Trump has a heart of restoration, including restoring us economically.”