Trump Still Popular Despite (or because of) Immigration Remarks

While it looks like Ted Cruz may be pulling ahead in Iowa, it is important to realize that Donald Trump’s suggestion that we pause Muslim immigration until we figure out a process for filtering out terrorist has not cost him in the polls.

Reuters reports, “Exclusive: Trump lead among Republicans undiminished in first poll after Muslim comments.”

Donald Trump held onto his commanding lead in the Republican race for the White House after his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States was condemned worldwide, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, the first national survey conducted entirely after the billionaire’s remarks.

Trump led the pack of candidates seeking the Republican Party’s nomination in the 2016 election with 35 percent of support from Republican voters, the opinion poll released on Friday found, the same lead he held before Monday, when he said Muslim immigrants, students and other travelers should be barred from entering the country.

Most Republican voters said they were not bothered by his remarks, though many said the comments could still hurt Trump’s chances of becoming president. Twenty-nine percent of Republicans, who will pick the party’s nominee for the November 2016 election, said they found Trump’s remarks offensive against 64 percent who did not.

“He’s really saying what everybody else is feeling,” said Donna Fee, 57, a personal caregiver from Missouri. Fee, a Republican, said she supports Trump and agreed with his proposal to bar Muslims. But she said his bluntness could hurt him with other voters.

“I really think he needs somebody to calm him down, you know. I really think he needs to learn to use a filter.”

I’m not sure if a “filtered” Trump would have the same loyal fan base.

In my opinion, there are two reasons Trump’s comment didn’t hurt him. First, there are a diverse group of people who thought his proposal was reasonable. Second, there are people who don’t think he is right but still appreciate him for bringing up the issue. Many Americans don’t feel safe having all national security policy settled by politically correct diversity cliches.