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A new poll suggests 31 per cent of Donald Trump's supporters would back a ban on gay people entering the United States.
Drew Sheldrick

17 Feb 2016 - 3:35 PM  UPDATED 17 Feb 2016 - 3:35 PM

New polling ahead of Saturday's Republican primary in the US state of South Carolina has delivered some surprising results, with nearly a third of presidential candidate Donald Trump's supporters backing a ban on gay people entering the country.

In the survey conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), 31 per cent of Trump voters in South Carolina said they support a "ban on homosexuals entering the United States" - no more than 17 percent of any other Republican candidate's voters said they thought it was a good idea.

PPP said in a statement accompanying the polling that Trump's support in the state is built on "a base of voters among whom religious and racial intolerance pervades".

By an 80/9 spread, Trump voters said they supported his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US. There was also 62/23 support among Trump voters for creating a national database of Muslims and 40/36 support for shutting down all the mosques in the country - something no other candidate's voters back.

PPP surveyed 897 likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina for its poll, which also found Trump had a wide lead in the state. He's at 35 per cent support, with his closest rival, Senator Ted Cruz, on 18 per cent.

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