Majority of American Public Concerned About Trump's Behavior

Lester Mason
August 25, 2017

Two-thirds of USA registered voters fear that President Donald Trump's "words and actions could get us accidentally involved in an worldwide conflict،' according to a new poll، Daily Mail reported".

"I said everything. I hit him with neo-Nazi".

At a rally in Phoenix this week, Trump defended his reaction to al controversy. The president has said on several occasions that he condemns white-supremacist groups and believes all racist sentiment is "evil", but his own recounting of his words has omitted controversial phrases that aroused the most opposition - that "both sides" were responsible, or, as he said after the fatal hit-and-run vehicle attack a day later, that "many sides" were involved. I got them all in there, let's say.

About the same number of poll respondents - 59 percent - said Trump's decisions and behavior have encouraged white supremacist groups. He later called out white nationalists by name two days later, but, in any angry news conference August 15, he blamed "both sides", adding that he was "not putting anybody on a moral plane".

By a margin of 60 per cent to 32 per cent, respondents disapproved of Trump's response to the events in Charlottesville, and by a similar margin they rejected the way he has handled race relations, the survey showed.


Trump's position was supported by the police chief in Charlottesville, who said there were "mutually combating individuals in the crowd" when fighting broke out on the night of August 11 between torch-bearing right-wing marchers and groups opposed to their presence. Meanwhile, nine in 10 Democrats say they think Trump encouraged white supremacists with his comments and behavior - nearly two-thirds of Democrats say he did so intentionally. To get a number this low, you need virtual unanimity across all groups: only 6% of Republicans, 4% of people over 65, 3% of whites and 3% of independents said white supremacists were discouraged by Trump's behavior and comments.

Prejudice against minority groups is a "very serious" problem, 50 percent of voters say, while 31 percent say it is "somewhat serious", a new high for these numbers. And 3% of American voters said they "haven't heard enough" about Trump to say if they have a favorable or unfavorable view him. This means that around six in every 10 Americans, including Republicans, think that Trump has failed America.

There is too much prejudice in the nation today, 55 percent of American voters say, while 40 percent say there is too much political correctness, the widest margin for prejudice since the question first was asked in June 2016.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted August 17 to 22 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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