Both Democratic opposition and Republican support increased at least 10 points since the pollsters asked about the issue in February.

Most legal experts agree that banning Muslims would likely be against the constitution because it is religious discrimination. A Trump presidency, however, could possibly have the authority to suspend immigration from largely Muslim countries with a “proven history of terrorism,” as he said this month.

That’s because a provision of immigration law grants the president the ability to suspend entry of noncitizens whose arrival “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

In their analysis, the pollsters said support of Trump’s ideas among Texans predates the billionaire’s ascent and has been reflected in previous election results and recent legislative politics.

Certainly, his rhetoric is resonating with them.

“Whatever the distaste with which some Republican leaders view Trump’s proposals and the rhetoric he has and continues to use to pitch them, they appear to have become part of the firmament of the partisan universe in the presidential campaign – and are finding an accepting audience among Republicans in Texas,” note Jim Henson and Joshua Blank, who conducted the poll.

It surveyed 1,200 registered voters online between June 10 and June 20 and has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points. Telephone polls are generally thought to be more accurate than online surveys.

To see the full survey, which also includes questions about transgender bathrooms and other issues, click here.

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