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Most Americans oppose Trump's Muslim ban: NBC/WSJ poll

A solid majority of Americans opposes Donald Trump's plan to halt entry of Muslims into the U.S.

That's the conclusion of a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll in the wake of the Republican presidential candidate's proposal. Fifty-seven percent of American adults oppose it, while 25 percent support it.


That doesn't mean it will harm Trump's bid for the Republican nomination. A 42 percent plurality of Republicans say they favor the idea, slightly more than the 36 percent who oppose it.

Where Trump would face a backlash is in a general election should he prevail in the primaries. Seventy-five percent of Democrats and 55 percent of independents disagree with his proposal.

The telephone poll of 495 American adults, conducted Dec. 8-9, carries a margin for error of 4.4 percentage points.

Earlier this week, Trump called for the U.S. to bar all Muslims from entering the country until U.S. leaders can "determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses."

Trump's comments followed remarks President Barack Obama made Sunday in a national address from the Oval Office, urging Americans not to turn against Muslims in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.

The Republican presidential candidate's comments prompted some Middle Eastern associates to pull their partnerships, which could cost Trump millions.