Donald Trump’s image nationwide has slightly improved since Dec. 8 — the day after his statement about temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States — than before that time. This in part reflects the fact that his image is pretty hardened, and it’s going to take a lot to shake it up.
Gallup tested Trump’s statement about Muslims by embedding it in a list of steps that could be taken to fight terrorism — the main topic of the Tuesday night debate in Las Vegas. The results? The idea of preventing Muslims from entering the U.S. is seen by the average American as the least effective of 10 actions tested.
Respondents say the most effective ways to stem the potential of terrorist attacks are:
Tighten up the visa waiver program.
Send more special ops troops to fight ISIS.
Ban gun sales to people on the federal no-fly list.