Percent of Americans See Trump as Divider, Poll Finds

Percent of Americans See Trump as Divider, Poll Finds

Three-quarters of Republican voters (74%) said Trump's behavior hasn't "had an impact either way" on how white supremacists feel.

The Quinnipiac University Poll reported 62 percent of the voters it surveyed felt that Trump is increasing divisions in the country; 31 percent said they felt the opposite.

President Trump gets a negative 35 - 59 percent overall job approval rating, down from a negative 39 - 57 percent rating in an August 17 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University.

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Since Trump's election, "the level of hatred and prejudice in the US has increased", 65 percent of voters say, while 2 percent say it has decreased and 32 percent say it hasn't changed. More than half of the people polled, 55 percent, said that there is too much prejudice in America today, while 40 percent said there is too much political correctness. Eighty-one percent responded that prejudice against minority groups is either "very serious" or "somewhat serious", and 62% said the same of prejudice toward Jews.

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Voters also said they trust news media more than they trust Trump to tell the truth, by a margin of 54 percent to 36 percent. Twenty-nine percent, however, disagreed with this statement.

The poll was conducted from August 17 to 22 among 1,514 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.

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