Majority say Donald Trump is dividing America, as approval rating falls

A counter-demonstrator at an alt-right

A counter-demonstrator at an alt-right"free speech rally on Sunday

"I really think they don't like our country, I really believe that".

Trump spoke out several times about the issues and groups involved in Charlottesville, shifting his position from day to day.

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 president has said on several occasions that he condemns white-supremacist groups and believes all racist sentiment is "evil", but his own recounting of his words has omitted controversial phrases that aroused the most opposition - that "both sides" were responsible, or, as he said after the fatal hit-and-run vehicle attack a day later, that "many sides" were involved. With each new slam by Trump, journalists get more hostile, the bias gets more obvious, and the public trusts them even less.

American voters disapprove 60 - 32 percent of Trump's response to the events in Charlottesville.

A majority of Americans agree that President Trump could inadvertently engage the United States in an worldwide conflict due to his rhetoric, according to a new survey released by the George Washington University Battleground Poll. Twenty-nine percent, however, disagreed with this statement.

Sixty-two of respondents say the president is doing more to divide the country, while 31 percent say he is doing more to unite the country.

Still, 50 percent approved of Trump's handling of the economy, while 46 percent disapproved. 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.

The poll of 1,514 voters nationwide was conducted August 17-22 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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