A new poll shows most Americans believe President Trump’s reaction to the Charlottesville tragedy was not strong enough. The latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll revealed that 52 percent of Americans agree with this statement.
Trump’s Reaction Not Strong Enough
Just 27 percent believe Trump’s response was sufficient. When it comes to Republicans, nearly 20 percent think the President should have been firmer in his affirmations, while 59 percent agree with the response he gave.
By contrast, 79 percent of Democrats criticized Trump for not having a strong-enough reaction, with just 10 percent saying that the response was adequate.
In his first response, Trump condemned hatred and violence from “many sides.” He placed the blame for the attack that left one woman dead and dozens injured on both groups of protesters gathered in Charlottesville Saturday.
Two days later, Trump condemned the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other racist groups, but critics were not pleased. He was blasted for a delayed reaction which encouraged white supremacists nationwide.
On Tuesday, in an unofficial press conference, he shocked the world once more when he blamed “both sides” for the violence and underlined that both groups of protesters had good and bad elements among them. White supremacists and nationalists hailed this new stance as an improvement.
The poll included 1,125 U.S. adults and had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points. The party affiliation segment involved 859 people and has a margin of error of 3.3%.
Americans Dissapointed with Trump’s Handling of the Attack
A separate poll shows that a majority of Americans are disappointed with the way Trump handled the Charlottesville attack. What’s more, respondents are now unsure if the President shares white nationalistic views.
This poll found that, surprisingly, whites are more likely to believe they are being discriminated against than blacks. Whites also view white nationalism as not a real threat. White Americans tend to be more satisfied with Trump’s initial response to the violence than blacks.
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