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The Brief: Most Texas Voters Support Muslim Ban, Poll Says

A majority of registered Texas voters surveyed in a recent University of Texas/Texas Politics Project poll said they support two of Donald Trump’s more controversial campaign proposals regarding immigration.

Protesters at Muslim Day at the Capitol on Jan. 29, 2015.

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A majority of registered Texas voters surveyed in a recent University of Texas/Texas Politics Project poll said they support two of Donald Trump’s more controversial campaign proposals regarding immigration — banning Muslims who are not American citizens from entering the country and building a wall between the United States and Mexico.

As the Tribune’s Julián Aguilar writes, the poll found that support for a Muslim ban varied along partisan lines, with 76 percent of Republicans saying they would support it, compared to about 25 percent of Democrats and 53 percent overall. 

The poll also asked respondents about deportation and immigration reform: A majority of the respondents of the survey, 51 percent, also favored the immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants,” Aguilar writes, while there is less-than-majority support for immigration reform with or without a path to eventual citizenship.

The survey results suggest that many Texas voters are sympathetic to Trump’s hardline stance on immigration, which the presumptive Republican nominee has made central to his campaign for president so far. Results of a poll on the presidential race released Monday found that Trump leads Hillary Clinton by 8 percentage points in Texas, but more than half of respondents reported having an unfavorable opinion of both candidates.

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Quote to Note

“We cannot combat and defeat radical Islamic terrorism without acknowledging it exists and directing our resources to stopping it.”

 — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, criticizing the Obama administration’s response to terrorism

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