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Poll: Americans split on Trump’s proposed Muslim ban

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Americans are split on Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban of Muslim immigration to the U.S., but a majority support stricter gun laws and a ban on assault weapons following the mass shooting in Orlando, a poll released Thursday shows.

{mosads}The NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll shows 50 percent of those surveyed support Trump’s proposed Muslim immigration ban, while 46 percent are opposed. 

Following the shooting at a gay nightclub on Sunday that officials have classified as both terrorism and a hate crime, Trump again called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S., noting that the gunman pledged allegiance to Islamic militants before the Pulse nightclub massacre. That proposal is generally opposed by his fellow Republicans, including Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) 

“We have to do it. It will be lifted, this ban, when as a nation we’re in a position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our country,” the Republican presidential nominee said at a rally in New Hampshire on Monday. “They’re pouring in and we don’t know what we’re doing.” 

The shooting, which left 49 dead and 53 more injured, was carried out by Omar Mateen, 29, a U.S. citizen born in New York. But Trump said Mateen was in America “in the first place” because his family immigrated from Afghanistan. 

“That is a fact, and it’s a fact we need to talk about,” he said. 

A majority of Americans — 61 percent — support stricter gun control measures in the U.S., while 38 percent oppose such action, the poll shows. Similarly, 60 percent said they support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons, while 38 percent said they oppose a ban. The gunman was armed with a Sig Sauer MCX rifle and a handgun, both of which were obtained legally. 

President Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have renewed their calls for a ban on the sale of assault weapons following what is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. 

A similar ban expired in 2004, but Clinton called for it to return, linking the availability of the weapons to terrorism. 

“We’ve got to keep weapons of war off our streets, as well as blocking suspected terrorists from buying guns,” Clinton said Monday. 

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump hasn’t specifically mentioned the ban, but met with the National Rifle Association on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of banning those on the terrorist watch list from buying guns. 

“Well, I’m going to be looking at it very, very seriously — the terror watch list and the no-fly list,” Trump said Wednesday on Fox News’s “On the Record.”

The poll was conducted online from June 13-15 among 4,322 adults and has a margin of error of 2.1 points.

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