It's no secret that Donald Trump's racism has made him toxic to people of color (a recent poll showed him at 0% support with African Americans). But as the 2016 election heads into its final stretch, we have new evidence of just how poorly Trump is doing among one of the groups he's so fond of disparaging: Muslims.
According to a new poll released on Thursday, Trump is trailing behind Hillary Clinton among Muslim voters by a whopping 68%.
The data, compiled by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, shows that 86% of registered Muslim voters intend to cast their ballots in this years' election. Of those, 72% will be voting for Clinton, compared to just 4% for Trump. 12% are still undecided, while the remainder plan to vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson.
The massive disparity between the two major party candidates is hardly surprising, given Trump's ongoing—if ambiguously definite—plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States if he is elected president. However, the proposed ban is hardly the only factor animating Muslim voters this election, as CAIR's poll shows.
Nevertheless, while it may not be the number one concern for Muslim voters, Trump's proposed ban draws unsurprisingly near-total objection from those polled: 91% oppose the ban while just 3%—within the poll's margin of error, CAIR notes—approve.
As the poll points out, Muslim voter affiliation has, for the past several election cycles, increasingly leaned Democratic: From 495% in 2008, to 66% in 2012, to 67% this year. Allegiance toward the GOP has dropped slightly over the same time frame, from 8% in 2008 to 9% in 2012, and down to 6% now.
Perhaps most the most striking figure to emerge from this new set of data is the fact that nearly 30% of Muslim Americans—nearly one out of every three—have reported experiencing either profiling, or overt discrimination in the past year alone. In fact, 85% of poll respondents felt that Islamophobia was on the rise across the U.S.—a sentiment bolstered by Federal Bureau of Investigation data analyzed by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism in December, 2015.