Majority of Americans oppose Donald Trump’s controversial plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States, but one in four supports it, according to the first major national poll since the furore erupted.
The frontrunner for the Republican nomination for the White House triggered an outcry on Monday with the proposal, which was lambasted at home and abroad.
Fifty-seven percent of adults in the US are against the idea, while 25 % are for it, according to the new survey by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. Eighteen percent did not know or had no opinion.
Among Republicans the views are mixed: 42 % of Republican respondents back Trump’s Muslim ban, while 36 % oppose it.
Three-quarters of Democrats stand opposed.
The poll also found that 41% of Americans believe Trump’s bombastic campaign statements in general are frequently insulting.
Twenty-two percent say Trump is telling it like it is and has the correct approach.
The survey also showed that Americans have a favourable opinion of Muslims -- 59% positive compared to 29 % negative -- upholding a relatively stable position on the question since 2002.
Scottish University revokes Trump’s honorary degree
Meanwhile, the Scottish government has sacked US presidential hopeful Donald Trump as a business ambassador and a university revoked his honorary degree after he called for the ban.
A petition to bar the Republican frontrunner from Britain reached more than 358,000 signatures amid an outcry over comments by the tycoon, who owns golf courses in Scotland and has family links to the country.
“Mr Trump’s recent remarks have shown that he is no longer fit to be a business ambassador for Scotland,” a spokesman for the regional government said as he was dropped as a “GlobalScot” ambassador, a position he took up in 2006.
Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen announced it would revoke an honorary doctorate of business administration it awarded to Trump in 2010 because of statements “that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university”.