Friday, May 18, 2018

Has Trump Made The U.S. More Safe From Terrorism ?

Donald Trump likes to brag that he is making the United States safer from terrorism. He supports fear-based anti-immigrant policies to accomplish that. Are they effective? Does the public think he has been effective in making this country safe from terrorism -- safer than past presidents have?

The answer is NO! Trump may brag, but the public is not buying it -- and they believe he has actually done a worse job than past presidents. Clinton and Bush both had pluralities saying they had no effect on terrorism. Obama had a tie between those saying he made us safer and those saying he made us less safe. Trump is the only president with a plurality (41%) saying he has made the country less safe from terrorism.

The chart above uses information from the latest Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between May 13th and 15th of a random national sample of 1,500 adults, with a 3 point margin of error.

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