Two surveys released in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando suggest that Donald Trump's response and proposal for preventing such incidents in the future are not ones with which Americans agree.
The attack, committed by a man who declared his allegiance to the Islamic State and targeting a gay nightclub, falls into a blurry area in the American political debate. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, an FBI official called the attack both a hate crime and an act of terrorism -- a position with which most respondents to a CBS survey conducted this week agreed.
Those overlapping issues mean that two different political debates have renewed: how to stop mass shootings and how to stop terror attacks. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) spent Wednesday filibustering for a bill that would block gun sales to people on terror watch lists, a proposal that crosses between the two (and which at one point would have kept the Orlando shooter from getting a weapon). Otherwise, proposals to combat future massacres have tended to focus on either guns or terror, but not both.
On Monday, Trump gave a speech in which he focused on the latter, suggesting an expansion of his proposal to bar Muslims from entering the country and casting suspicion on Muslims already living in the United States. In a speech on Wednesday, he seemed to renew an argument that he first brought up last year: surveilling mosques and Muslim communities more broadly to suss out terror links. And, of course, Trump also suggested that President Obama has been soft in the fight on terror because he sympathizes with Muslims.
A Bloomberg poll conducted after the attack found that Trump's proposals on surveillance and aspersions against Obama aren't very popular.
What's more, his proposal to ban Muslims from traveling to the U.S. remains unpopular, with two-thirds of those who had an opinion disapproving. That's slightly more support than polling found right after he first proposed it, but not much.
On the issue of guns, Trump doesn't appear to be much more in tune with the electorate. CBS's polling found that more than half of Americans thought that laws covering gun sales should be more strict -- including a third of Republicans. Trump has offered his support for a bill like Murphy's banning people on watch lists from buying weapons, but he regularly touts his endorsement from the NRA.
While his campaign website indicates that he opposes an assault-weapons ban, he's supported the idea in the past. A majority of Americans agree with a renewal of such a policy, a number that ticked upward after Orlando in a way that's uncommon after recent shootings.
As usual, the CBS poll also finds that Americans broadly support universal background checks -- a position that probably won't be embraced by the NRA-endorsed Trump.
Trump's response to the shooting, in other words, mostly isn't in line with how Americans think the country should respond. Which may be part of the reason why, when asked how the current and next president have responded to Orlando, Trump gets far worse marks than either Obama or Hillary Clinton.
But that's probably only part of the reason. It's probable that another part of the reason people view Trump's response poorly was his tone, denouncing even Muslims born in the United States as suspicious and deriding the idea that Muslims can assimilate into American culture.
The general election turns 10 days old on Thursday (using the date Clinton locked up the Democratic nomination according to the Associated Press's count). A poll on Tuesday found Clinton up by a wide margin, surveying Americans right as Clinton was rising and Trump fumbling.
While that poll found that Americans trusted Trump and Clinton to handle attacks like Orlando about evenly in the future, a more detailed look at the numbers suggests that his response after this attack may not help his position much at all.