WashPost Poll: Majority of Republicans Back Trump's Charlottesville Reaction

  • WashPost Poll: Majority of Republicans Back Trump's Charlottesville Reaction

WashPost Poll: Majority of Republicans Back Trump's Charlottesville Reaction

Although it's shocking to see that approximately 22 million Americans believe it's acceptable to hold neo-Nazi views, there were other findings in the study that were encouraging.

Gov. Chris Christie, one of President Donald Trump's most loyal defenders, sharply criticized the president Monday and refused to excuse his assertion that "many sides" were responsible for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. The NPR/PBS/Marist survey was conducted from August 14-15, 2017. What made what transpired in Charlottesville uniquely disgusting was the act of a man with apparent neo-Nazi beliefs who rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others.

"Sometimes the "enemy of my enemy" is a thug" (Our Views, Aug. 18) takes the position that we must focus our energy on opposing both the neo-Nazis gaining traction in our nation and the people working actively to counter their repugnant message.

Several of the president's corporate advisory committees were disbanded after members began dropping out over the president's seeming association with neo-Nazis. The white nationalist groups were there to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. This pushed down his overall approval rating, which fell to 39 percent from 44 percent a week ago.

-Men are much more likely than women to back Trump: 44 percent of men approve of the job he is doing, just 28 percent of women.

When Republicans go public with challenges to their party's President, we have to realize that criticism of Trump extends far beyond the anti-hate-group protesters, Democratic officials, and nonprofit groups, like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitor hate groups and their activities. Indeed, video evidence and firsthand accounts of the events in Charlottesville demonstrate both sides participated in the violence.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who is Jewish, denounced the white supremacist groups, but said he supported Trump's response. The president needs to show his base that he's still committed to populism, despite the firing of chief strategist Steve Bannon.

On Saturday, Trump responded to a rally in Boston where counterprotesters far outnumbered white nationalists and other similar groups.

"Wow, what a crowd, what a crowd", were Trump's first words when he stepped to the microphone.

As the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, Trump revised a long-debunked myth regarding how the perpetrators of the Barcelona attack should be dealt with just as U.S. General John Pershing had done in the Philippines in 1899. These voters often say they do not always approve of Trump's personal behavior, but they admire his leadership skills and business acumen and appreciate that he kept his promise to nominate a conservative to the Supreme Court.

Majorities of both parties - 53% of both Republicans and Democrats - say they can't imagine anything that would change their approval or disapproval of Trump, respectively.

The poll found broad disapproval of Mr Trump's Charlottesville reaction among racial minority groups. Among whites, 49 per cent disapprove, while 35 per cent approve.

However, the ABC News write-up didn't account for the second interpretation, instead choosing to characterize the results as some Americans condoning white supremacist and/or neo-Nazi principles.

The survey is among the first to measure support for the alt-right.

It was hard to imagine, given United States history in the recent past, any USA president would refuse to condemn the terrorism unleashed in Charlottesville by Neo Nazis and white supremacists.