A majority of Texas’ registered voters believe Muslims who are not U.S. citizens should be banned from entering the country, according to results of a University of Texas/Texas Politics Project poll released Tuesday.

The survey found that 31% of voters “strongly supported” denying such people entry, with another 22% “somewhat” supporting the idea. Thirty-seven percent of voters opposed the effort while 10% expressed no preference.

Among Republicans, 76% said they would support banning non-U.S. citizen Muslims from entering the country. About 25% of voters who identified as Democrats agreed. 

A majority of the respondents of the survey, 51%, also favored the immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants, while 52% said they either “strongly” (34%) or “somewhat” (18%) supported building a wall between the United States and Mexico. Twenty-four percent of the Democrats supported immediate deportation compared with 73% of Republicans. Seventy-six percent of the Republicans asked also favored a wall separating the two countries.

(Read more: UT Poll: Trump Leads Clinton by 8 in Texas)

The poll also found that there is less-than-majority support for immigration reform with or without a path to eventual citizenship. Half of the respondents were asked about comprehensive immigration reform with a path toward citizenship for most undocumented immigrants: 24% of them “strongly” supported that idea, while 25% “somewhat” supported itThe other half of the respondents were asked about immigration reform allowing legal residence but not citizenship: 20% said they “strongly” supported a path to legal status without citizenship, while 27 “somewhat” supported that idea. The margin of error for those questions is about +/- 4.07 and +/- 3.94 percentage points, respectively.

The poll of 1,200 registered voters was performed June 10-20 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Other results from the same survey, released Monday, show GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump leads Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 8 points in Texas. Trump has made banning Muslims and building a wall a centerpiece of his campaign.

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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Top image: Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally before the kick-off of a 37-mile march on Nov. 19, 2015, The march is designed to show their support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor’s Mansion in downtown Austin.  Photo by Todd Wiseman.

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