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New Quinnipiac Poll: Trump is dividing the country

New Quinnipiac Poll: Trump is dividing the country

Voters say that President Donald Trump's inconsistent condemnations of racism have not discouraged white supremacists, according to a survey released this week.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University found that most Americans believe President Trump is doing more to divide the country than to unite it.

The president has contended there were people fomenting violence on both sides of the conflict in Charlottesville, which began with a demonstration by right-wing groups calling for preservation of a statue of the commander of Confederate armed forces - the rebel side in the American Civil War in the mid-19th century. 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.

American voters disapprove by 55% of the way the news media covers Mr Trump, and disapprove by 62% of the way the president talks about the media.

Are racial tensions on the rise in America? "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".

When asked whether they think Trump has encouraged white supremacist groups, 59 percent say yes, 3 percent say he has discouraged these groups and 35 percent say he has had no impact. Heck, 21% said the sun goes around the Earth in a poll past year from NORC at the University of Chicago.

Additionally, President Trump gets a slightly negative 45-49 percent approval rating for handling the economy. Another 10 percent said of those surveyed said they either did not know or were not certain which option they preferred.

Fifty percent of respondents believe prejudice against minority groups is a "very serious" problem and 31 percent think it is a "somewhat serious" problem.

Just 15 percent of respondents, in turn, said they believe Republicans have moved too far left and 7 percent offered that Democrats have moved too far right, the survey found.

Trump has popularized use of the term "fake news" to criticize news media and reporters that he contends treat him unfairly.

However, an even larger number of voters - 62 percent - said they disapprove of Trump's corrosive and angry comments about reporters and their employers. Voters trust the media more than Trump, 54-36 percent, "to tell you the truth about important issues". Men want to avoid war 53-43 percent and women agree 56-36 percent.



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