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A new poll sponsored by The Economist and conducted by YouGov has found that nearly one in five supporters of Donald Trump don’t approve of the freeing of slaves in the Confederacy. The January poll asked respondents if they approved or disapproved of “the executive order that freed all slaves in the states that were in rebellion against the federal government.” That executive order, of course, was made by Abraham Lincoln and is generally known as “The Emancipation Proclamation.” Thirteen percent of respondents—and nearly 20 percent of Trump supporters compared with 5 percent of Marco Rubio’s—said they disapprove of it.
An additional 17 percent of respondents said they weren’t sure.
Before asking about slavery, YouGov first asked two broader poll questions about executive orders: Do you approve of them, and do you think they’re constitutional? Then pollsters asked about specific presidential actions, including freeing the slaves, desegregating the military, interning Japanese Americans during World War II and deferring deportation for some unauthorized immigrants.
The questions were asked of 2,000 people drawn at random from the general population. The margin of error was 2.9%.
In a related development, exit poll data from the South Carolina primary revealed that nearly half the Republicans who turned out on Saturday wanted undocumented immigrants to be deported immediately. Donald Trump won 47 percent of those voters.
Voters were asked if they favored temporarily barring Muslims who are not citizens from entering the United States, something Mr. Trump advocates, and 74 percent said they did. He won 41 percent of that group.
This article is based in part on a report by Lynn Vavreck, a professor of political science at UCLA, published in the New York Times.
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