Some 62 percent of U.S. voters say President Donald Trump is doing more to divide the country, while only 31 percent say he is doing more to unite it, a new Quinnipiac University national poll reveals.
It's Trump's worst score on the question ever, according to Tim Malloy, the poll's assistant director.
"Elected on his strength as a deal-maker, but now overwhelmingly considered a divider, President Donald Trump has a big negative job approval rating and low scores on handling racial issues," Malloy said.
The poll — conducted after the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a woman counter-protester was killed on Aug. 12, violence that Trump blamed both sides for —also found:
- American voters disapprove 60-32 percent of Trump's response to the events in Charlottesville.
- 59 percent of voters say Trump's decisions and behavior have encouraged white supremacist groups, whereas 3 percent say he has discouraged these groups and 35 percent say he has had no impact on them.
- 55 percent of American voters say there is too much prejudice in the nation today, while 40 percent said there is too much political correctness, the widest margin for prejudice since the question first was asked in June 2016.
- 50 percent of voters said prejudice against minority groups is a "very serious" problem, while 31 percent said it is "somewhat serious," a new high for these numbers.
- Since Trump's election, "the level of hatred and prejudice in the U.S. has increased," 65 percent of voters said, while 2 percent said it has decreased, and 32 percent said it hasn't changed.
- Voters disapprove 63-31 percent, including 56-38 percent among white voters, of the way Trump is handling race relations.
- The president does not care about issues facing minority groups, voters say 60 - 37 percent, including 52-45 percent among white voters.
A total of 62 percent of American voters said prejudice against Jewish people is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem.
President Trump does not provide the U.S. with moral leadership, American voters said 62 - 35 percent.
The poll of 1,514 voters nationwide was conducted Aug. 17-22 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys nationwide, and in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado as a public service and for research.
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