New poll shows that only one third of American citizens approve how President Donald Trump has handled and acted on last week’s deadly shooting at Florida high school.
The poll conducted by CBS News shows that just 33 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. While on the other hand, 50 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the way Trump has handled the shooting, and 17 percent said they didn’t know or had no answer.
The Hill reports that the poll finds a strong partisan divide on Trump’s handling of the shooting. Sixty-nine percent of Republicans approve of the way Trump has handled the shooting, while just seven percent of Democrats approve. Among independents, 32 percent approve of Trump’s handling of the attack.
Additionally, eighty-four percent of Democrats disapprove of Trump’s response to the attack, while 45 percent of independents disapprove. However, according to the poll only 15 percent of Republicans disapprove of the way Trump has handled the shooting.
The poll was conducted February 20 to 22 and 1012 adults were interviewed by telephone, it has four percentage points margin of error.
Trump earlier this week vowed that he will do something about gun control, starting with support for increase of the minimum age for gun purchases as well as more comprehensive background checks to be completed. One of his suggestions to prevent future school shootings is giving teachers the ability to carry concealed weapons.
Trump on Saturday tweeted that the FBI could have stopped the shooting, which left 17 people dead and multiple others injured, if the bureau had spent less time on the Russia investigation.
“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable,” Trump tweeted.
“They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”
The White House on Tuesday denied that Trump was blaming the Russia investigation for the shooting.
“He was speaking not necessarily that that was the cause. I think we all have to be aware that the cause of this was that of a deranged individual that made a decision to take the lives of 17 other people. That is the responsibility of the shooter,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“He’s making the point we’d like our FBI agencies to not be focused on something that is clearly a hoax, in terms of investigating the Trump campaign.”