Almost three-quarters of Republican voters at the South Carolina primary have said they want to temporarily ban Muslims who are not US citizens from entering the US, according to exit poll data.
Nearly half of the voters also said they wanted undocumented immigrants to be deported immediately.
These stats came from exit poll data recorded at last weekend's South Carolina primary, and seem to explain Mr Trump's surprising sprint to the top of the Republican pile.
In an article published in the New York Times, Mr Trump's success seems to lie in the ‘terrifying’ things his supporters believe.
The exit poll data was collected from Yougov and Public Policy Polling, which also found Mr Trump had managed to tap into deep-rooted racist attitudes. The New York Times points out that Public Policy Polling is aligned to the Democrat party and so might not be completely objective with its results, however.
Mr Trump won 47 per cent of voters who wanted undocumented immigrants to be deported, and out of the 74 per cent who said they wanted to temporarily ban US-entry to Muslims, Mr Trump won 41 per cent of that group.
Mr Trump first posited the idea of banning Muslim entry into the US in December 2015, yet he still won twice as many supporters of the ban in South Carolina as any other candidate.
Another surprising stat that came out of the South Carolina primary was that a third of Mr Trump's backers supported barring gay people and lesbians from entering the country too. This policy had twice as much support tamong Trump voters than it did with supporters of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio (17 per cent).
Further, 70 per cent of Mr Trump's voters want to see the Confederate battle flag still 'flying on their statehouse grounds' while a third of Mr Trump's supporters thought Japanese internment during the last world war was a good idea.
He has now won three out of four primaries, much to the surprise of critics and commentators who doubted the billionaire reality TV show star’s political prowess.
As well as reporting on the exit data, the feature mentioned how Mr Trump is doing so well because he is attracting voters from all sections of the Republican voting sphere - conservatives, Evangelicals, and moderates.
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."
The article explained how Mr Trump has built a significant part of his voters as those who are ‘responsive to religious, social, and racial intolerance’.Reuse content