For all the backlash he's received, a new poll finds Donald Trump's proposal to block Muslims from entering the U.S. is actually popular among Republican voters.
Sixty-five percent of GOP respondents in the latest Bloomberg Politics/Purple Strategies poll favored Trump's call for a "total and complete" ban on Muslims seeking to travel or emigrate to the country. Less than a quarter, 22 percent, opposed the proposal and 13 percent were unsure of their opinion.
Overall, 37 percent of likely general election voters favored the leading GOP candidate's proposal while 50 percent opposed it.
"We believe these numbers are made up of some people who are truly expressing religious bigotry and others who are fearful about terrorism and are willing to do anything they think might make us safer," Doug Usher, managing partner at the Washington-based Purple Strategies, said in a statement of reaction.
Respondents were also asked if Trump's proposal would influence their decision to potentially support him in their states' nominating contests — 37 percent of Republicans said they are "more likely" to support the billionaire, 16 percent are "less likely" and 46 percent are unfazed.
Despite earning high marks for his proposal among GOP voters, Trump remains a divisive figure to most Americans. The same survey found that just 33 percent of likely U.S. voters view him favorably while 64 percent hold negative views of the real estate mogul.
While presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton also earns a net-negative favorability rating, significantly more Americans, 47 percent, view her favorably in comparison to Trump. Fifty-two percent of voters continue to view the former secretary of state unfavorably.
The survey of 605 likely general-election voters was conducted online on Dec. 8. Overall results contain a margin of error plus or minus 4 percent, with a 7 percent margin of error among Republican respondents.