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Poll: 31% of Americans Think Trump Supports White Nationalism

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 August 2017 02:09 PM

Thirty-one percent of Americans say that President Donald Trump supports white nationalism, while only 22 percent say he opposes it, according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll released on Wednesday.

Twenty-four percent said Trump does not have a strong opinion either way on white nationalism, while an additional 24 percent were not sure what the president thinks on the subject.

The survey was taken after Trump's comments on Monday in which he named white supremacists as a hate group, but almost entirely before his press conference Tuesday, in which he assigned blame for the violence in Charlottesville to both the white supremacist rally and the counter-protesters.

The poll covered a wide range of questions and paints a complicated picture of the country's racial views, with some of the main points as follows:

  • 30 percent said Trump did enough to condemn the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, while 48 percent said he did not do enough.
  • Among Hillary Clinton voters, 90 percent thought he did not do enough, while only 8 percent of Trump voters said the president did not do enough.
  • When asked about the political positions of the white nationalists who attended the rally, only 4 percent of Americans said they were mostly right, while 50 percent said they were mostly wrong. However, 21 percent said the white nationalists went too far, but they have a point, and 25 percent were not sure.
  • Among Clinton voters, only 1 percent said the white nationalists were mostly right, 11 percent said they went too far, but they have a point and 82 percent said they were mostly wrong.
  • Among Trump voters, 11 percent said the white nationalists were mostly right, 37 percent said they went too far, but they have a point, and 34 percent said they were mostly wrong.
  • 57 percent of Americans said that white nationalism poses a very serious or a somewhat serious threat to the U.S., while 29 percent said it did not pose a very serious threat or not a threat at all.

When asked about white nationalism in general:

  • 87 percent of Clinton voters said white nationalism poses a very serious or somewhat serious threat, while only 8 percent said the opposite.
  • Among Trump voters, only 33 percent said white nationalism poses a very serious or somewhat serious threat, while 59 percent said the opposite.

When asked if there is a lot of discrimination against white people in the U.S.:

  • 40 percent of American said yes and 44 percent said no.
  • Among Clinton voters, only 17 percent said there was a lot of discrimination against whites in the U.S., while 77 percent said there was not.
  • 68 percent of Trump voters said there was a lot of discrimination against whites and 22 percent said there was not.

The poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Aug. 14-15 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

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