Poll: Majority of U.S. disagrees with Trump's plan to ban Muslims

A solid majority opposes Donald Trump's plan to block Muslims from entering the U.S. while a quarter of the public supports it, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Thursday.

The poll found 57 percent of people disagree with Trump's plan and 25 percent said they agree with it.

Among Republicans surveyed, 42 percent said they support the proposal and 36 percent oppose it. Meanwhile, three-quarters of Democrats said they disagree with it, as did 55 percent of independents.

Overall, 59 percent of people polled said they have a positive view of Muslims compared to 29 percent who said they have a negative view.

Among Republicans, 43 percent have a positive view of Muslims, but 48 percent view them unfavorably. Three-quarters of Democrats and 59 percent of independents said they have a positive view. Fourteen percent of Democrats and a quarter of independents said they view Muslims unfavorably.

The poll found a plurality, 41 percent, said Trump's campaign statements are insulting. Nearly a quarter said his manner and language are problematic, but he's raising important issues. Twenty-two percent, on the other hand, said Trump is telling it like it is and has the right approach.

During the window that the poll was conducted, Trump unveiled his plan Monday to block Muslims from entering the U.S., which he said would be in place until "our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

The poll surveyed 1,000 adults between December 6 and 9 with a 3.1 percentage point margin of error.

  • Rebecca Shabad

    Rebecca Shabad is a video reporter for CBS News Digital.