Polls: Majority troubled by Donald Trump Charlottesville response


Polls: Majority troubled by Donald Trump Charlottesville response

Trump has come under fire by critics and even those in his own party for blaming "both sides" for the deadly violence surrounding the white nationalist rally in Virginia last week.

President Trump's comments on Saturday and Tuesday turned unacceptable by a larger majority.

Six in 10 people who approve of President Donald Trump (61%) say they can't think of anything Trump could do that would make them disapprove of his job as President, according to a Monmouth University poll released this week. A CBS News poll from August 8 showed 61 percent of Americans were "uneasy" about Trump's approach to the situation with North Korea, for example.

But President Trump's response to Charlottesville finds more division.

When asked about his overall handling of the situation, two-thirds of Republicans said they approved.

Support for Trump's response was low across different races as well, with 31 percent of white Americans, 20 percent of Hispanics, and only 13 percent of African-Americans saying they agreed with his statements.

Approximately two-thirds of Americans thought the vehicle attack that left one person dead and 19 others wounded was an act of domestic terrorism, and 52 percent found Donald Trump's response to the attack and protests, organized by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, to be unsatisfactory and not strong enough, according to the poll conducted by the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist Poll.

The poll started before the president's news conference Tuesday and ended two nights after it.

That accounts for a majority of Republicans, 51 percent, along with 73 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents.

"You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side who was also very violent", Trump also said.

While men say that Trump should not be impeached by a 2-1 margin, 60 percent to 32 percent, women are equally divided on the question, with 47 percent supporting impeachment and 45 percent opposing it.

The survey was conducted on 2,024 Americans between August 2-8, before the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Trump's initial controversial statement about it.