Nearly one-third of Donald Trump supporters in South Carolina say they would support banning gays from entering the United States.
As the 2016 presidential campaign shifts to South Carolina – the state holds its primary on Saturday – pollster Public Policy Polling (PPP) released some findings on how voters in the state feel about the candidates.
According to PPP's telephone/Internet poll conducted on February 14 and 15, Trump leads in South Carolina. Thirty-five percent of respondents said that they are leaning toward Trump, that's 7 percentage points higher than his closest GOP rivals, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
"Donald Trump doesn't seem to have lost any support in South Carolina following Saturday night's debate," said PPP President Dean Debnam in releasing the results. "He has a pretty consistent across the board lead with the different segments of the Republican electorate."
According to PPP's findings, 70 percent of Trump supporters in South Carolina think the Confederate flag should still be flying over the State Capital; 38 percent wish the South had won the Civil War; 80 percent support Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States; and 31 percent would also support a ban on homosexuals entering the country.
Cruz has the highest unfavorable rating at 48 percent, while Trump is tied with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 43 percent.
On the Democratic side, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leads Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by 21 percentage points in South Carolina.