In Responses To Orlando, Americans Approve Of Obama And Turn On Trump

June 15, 2016 9:34 am

Most Americans disapprove of Donald Trump’s response to the mass shooting at an Orlando gay club over the weekend, according to a CBS News poll published Wednesday.

The poll found 51 percent of Americans said they disapprove of the way Trump has proposed handling the massacre, while only 25 percent said they approved.

The real estate tycoon has ramped up calls to ban Muslim immigrants from the United States even though the shooter, Omar Mateen, was born in New York. Trump has also proposed escalating bombing campaigns against the Islamic State terror group and increasing surveillance of Muslim-Americans to root out potential terrorist threats.

The poll found 62 percent of respondents said they disagreed with the proposal to ban Muslim immigration.

President Barack Obama received net positive ratings for his response to the Orlando attack, with 44 percent approval compared to 34 percent disapproval. Reaction to Hillary Clinton’s response was mixed, with 36 percent expressing approval and 34 percent disapproval.

Obama and Clinton have framed the shooting as both a hate crime against LGBT people and an act of terrorism. In their public addresses, they’ve called to strengthen gun control, promote solidarity with Muslims and continue to fight ISIL abroad.

The poll found 57 percent of those surveyed agreed that the Orlando shooting was both a hate crime and a terrorist attack.

The same percentage of respondents said they thought gun laws should be stricter. Nine in 10 of those surveyed said they supported background checks on all gun buyers.

The national poll was conducted among 1,001 adults reached by cellphone and landline from June 13-14. The margin of error was plus or minus four percentage points.

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