After the Charlottesville, Virginia riots, many were outraged by the nonchalant dismissal President Donald Trump paid the tragedy. Refusing to recognize the white supremacists that were at the core of the riots, he chose to play it safe to appease that subsection of his support base.
However, his actions may not have played out so well for him. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll revealed that over half of the adults polled disapprove of Trump’s response to the Charlottesville riots. Specifically, 56 percent of adults disapproved while only 28 percent approved of his response. It’s safe to assume that 84 percent of the Democrats polled in that group were the majority of who disapproved of Trump’s response. Also, 55 percent of independents disapproved. However, 62 percent of Republicans polled approved of his response (of course).
Those who disapproved included 8 out of 10 African Americans and almost two-thirds of Hispanic individuals.
Along with this, the poll questioned if people felt Trump was “equating” white supremacists with opposition groups. The results showed mixed feelings.
‘The public is less united on a central criticism of Trump’s remarks following the protests, with 42 percent saying he is putting white supremacists on equal standing with those who oppose those groups. Thirty-five percent say Trump is not equating the two, while the rest of those in the survey – 23 percent – offer no opinion.’
Additionally, the poll gave an idea of how much support the alt-right actually has. According to The Washington Post:
‘Some 10 percent of adults support the movement, including similar shares of Democrats and Republicans. While it has gained greater attention after the Charlottesville protests alongside Nazi and Ku Klux Klan demonstrators, just about 4 in 10 Americans think the alt-right holds neo-Nazi or white supremacist views. About 2 in 10 say it does not, while another 4 in 10 have no opinion on the movement.’
However, the poll found that most can definitively agree that it is unacceptable to support neo-Nazism and white supremacy. The poll found 83 percent of those polled found it unacceptable
Polling was administered between August 16 to 20 and included a sample of 1,014 adults over phone. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.
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