Poll: Voters Trust Trump Most to Keep America Safe

Morning Consult, June 22, 2016

A slim plurality of voters trust Donald Trump more than Hillary Clinton to keep America safe following the Orlando terror attack, according to a new Morning Consult poll.

The presumptive GOP nominee edges his Democratic counterpart, 41 percent to 37 percent, with more than one-fifth of voters saying they didn’t know or had no opinion. Trust for the candidates breaks cleanly along partisan lines: Republicans trust Trump over Clinton by a huge margin (80 percent to 8 percent), while Democrats trust Clinton over Trump similarly, 71 percent to 12 percent.

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Following the Orlando shooting, Trump reiterated his call for a temporary ban on Muslims traveling to the U.S. Overall, Americans are largely split on the idea. Almost half (48 percent) said they support a ban, 40 percent said they oppose and 11 percent said they didn’t know or had no opinion.

There is a major divide on this issue along party lines. Almost half of Republicans (49 percent) said they strongly support this proposal, compared with 26 percent of independents and 16 percent of Democrats.

When asked if voters support or oppose a temporary ban on immigration from various countries, there was most support for a ban on immigrants from Syria and Iraq (56 percent and 55 percent, respectively).

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