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Only 28% approve of Trump's response to Charlottesville

Only 28% approve of Trump's response to Charlottesville

The poll found that more than half of Americans, at 56 percent, disapproved of Trump's handling of the situation.

A majority of independent voters, 55 percent, disapprove of how Trump reacted to the white nationalist rally where one young woman was killed and multiple others injured after a vehicle rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters.

A poll released Tuesday suggests that nine per cent of Americans - or as many as 22 million people - may believe it's acceptable to hold neo-Nazi views.

Thirty-five percent of poll respondents said Trump was not putting neo-Nazis and their opponents on equal footing, while 23 percent had no opinion.

The protest saw hundreds of activists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, armed with clubs and bats and brandishing Nazi flags and symbols - culminating in deadly violence after anti-racism protesters were hit by a vehicle allegedly driven deliberately by a white supremacist.

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Trump's overall job approval rating in the national survey is virtually identical to its level in an ABC/Post poll published on July 13, with 37 percent approving and 58 percent disapproving. While the approval numbers are low, they are similar to what they were before Charlottesville.

But he said there's no moral equivalency between those who oppose neo-Nazism and white supremacy and those who support it. Perhaps most notable is the gender gap in Trump's overall approval rating, 46 percent among men vs. 28 percent among women.

There's far more agreement on whether it's acceptable or unacceptable to hold neo-Nazi or white supremacist views.

Almost 60 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Trump has done since taking office, and a strong gender gap persists among those who find Trump's job performance favorable. Another 39% said they have no opinion. Eight-four percent of Democrats disapprove of Trump's response, while only 9 percent approve.

The ABC/Post poll of 1,014 adults was conducted August 16-20 with a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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