'Mind-boggling': Only 3 percent of voters think Trump discouraged white supremacists

Posted August 26, 2017

A majority of United States voters say President Donald Trump is doing more to divide the country than unite it.

The George Washington University poll found that 71 percent of voters had that view of Trump's comportment in office, while 27 percent disagreed that his behavior was not what they expected.

Republicans, white voters with no college and white men approve of the job of the president.

Just under 60% of respondents said President Trump's decisions and behaviour have encouraged white supremacist groups.

"A$3 large majority of voters - 71 percent - agreed his "behavior is not what I expect from a president" (27 percent disagreed), and 68 percent agreed his "words and actions could get us accidentally involved in an worldwide conflict" (29 percent disagreed)", the poll said. Only three percent of American voters said they feel the president's words and actions have had a negative effect on white supremacists; 35 percent said they felt the president's statements have had no impact on white supremacists or similarly polarized political action groups.

"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 issues", Malloy said Wednesday.

For some comparison, in the same survey, 5% of voters said prejudice against minority groups was "not a problem at all" in the US.

The portion of voters with a favorable view of Trump - 41 percent, compared to 56 percent with an unfavorable view - was higher in the poll than for both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with 36 percent and 19 percent respectively viewing them favorably.

The survey was conducted from August 13 to 17 and polled 1,000 registered voters.