Remember when Ben Carson said, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that” and some people were like, “Haha, what a dope—hasn’t that guy ever heard of the Constitution, which explicitly states ‘no religious test’ will ever be applied to anyone running for public office in these United States?”
Joke’s on you, rational individuals! Turns out Republican voters in North Carolina were into it.
According to a poll released Tuesday, by the Public Policy Polling, 72 percent of North Carolina Republicans believe a Muslim should not be allowed to be President of the United States. Twelve percent aren’t sure.
The state’s Republican voters were marginally more open minded on the issue of whether or not Islam itself should be outlawed—40 percent said it should, 40 percent said it shouldn’t, and 20 percent were, like “I’m sorry, are you calling about the Craigslist ad? Someone came and got the lawnmower yesterday.”
As for Carson, he raised “about $6-700,000” in donations after that “controversial” appearance on Meet the Press, according to Carson’s communications director. Call it the “bigotry bump”; campaign officials estimate it accounted for more than six percent of Carson’s $10 million haul this month.
The thought was too extreme for Donald Trump, who told Fox News he would support a Muslim being president “If properly vetted...I think that anybody that is able to win an election will be absolutely fine.”
According to the poll, Trump still leads the Republican field in North Carolina, with Carson trailing by about 5 percentage points—21 percent compared to Trump’s 26.
UPDATED 8:34 p.m.: The post has been updated to reflect the fact that the questions regarding Muslims and Islam were asked only to Republican voters.
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