Support for Trump and Muslim ban grows after Orlando shooting.

Support for Trump and Muslim Ban Grows in Week After Orlando Shooting

Support for Trump and Muslim Ban Grows in Week After Orlando Shooting

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June 18 2016 2:42 PM

Support for Trump and Muslim Ban Grows in Week After Orlando Shooting

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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Saint Anselm College on June 13, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Donald Trump’s response to the Orlando mass shooting may have been scary, and exactly what ISIS wants, but it also seems to have been what some part of the electorate wanted to hear. In the five days after the attack, Hillary Clinton’s lead over Trump narrowed to 10.7 points, down from 14.3 points on Sunday, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The five-day average of the poll showed Clinton with 45.5 percent support while Trump obtained 34.8 percent. Those numbers compare to 46.6 percent for Clinton and 32.3 percent for Trump on Sunday.

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The poll also showed 45 percent of Americans agree with Trump that the immigration of Muslims to the United States should be suspended. That marks an increase from 41.9 percent in the beginning of June. An NBC News/Survey Monkey poll released earlier this week showed even higher support for the ban, with 28 percent saying they “strongly support” while 22 percent “somewhat support” the measure.

According to the latest average of polls by Real Clear Politics, Clinton leads Trump by 5.8 points. 

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.