More than half of Republican supporters believe President Obama is a Muslim, a poll of the GOP electorate has found.
It found those polled wrongly believed President Obama was a Muslim, when he actually identifies as a Christian.
Mr Obama, who was born in Hawaii, has openly described his “deep faith” in the past, saying in 2007 his belief was rooted in Christianity, although his father was a Muslim.
Public Policy Polling (PPP) said Trump was benefiting from a Republican electorate who believe President Obama is a Muslim who was not born in the US, with 66 per cent of Trump’s supporters believing he is Muslim, and only 12 per cent saying he is a Christian.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
“Trump's beliefs represent the consensus among the GOP electorate,” the US based polling firm said in a summary of results. “Fifty one per cent overall want to eliminate birthright citizenship. Fifty four per cent think President Obama is a Muslim. And only 29 per cent grant that President Obama was born in the United States. That's less than the 40 per cent who think Canadian born Ted Cruz was born in the United States.”
However, as the Washington Post points out, the small sample size could suggest the PPP's results are overstated, while the three limited options for answering what respondents believe his religion is - Christian, Muslim, or 'not sure', may have influenced the outcome.
It also concluded Trump is winning in the opinion polls over Megan Kelly, after sparring with her in the GOP debate and subsequently criticising her and the Fox News network on Twitter.Reuse content