Trump's approval rating holds steady after Charlottesville

Trump's approval rating holds steady after Charlottesville
© Greg Nash

President Trump's job approval rating has held relatively steady since the violent clashes earlier this month in at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., according to a new survey.

A Public Policy Polling survey finds 40 percent of respondents approve of the job Trump is doing, compared to 53 percent who disapprove of the president's performance.

His approval rating has remained relatively steady since a July survey, when the pollster found Trump had a 41 percent job approval rating.

The new poll also found that 45 percent of Trump voters surveyed said they think white people face the most discrimination in the country. Another 17 percent said Native Americans faced the most discrimination and 16 percent said African-Americans.

A majority of Trump voters surveyed, 54 percent, said Christians face the most religious discrimination in America. Another 22 percent said Muslims faced the most discrimination, while 12 percent said Jews do.

In all, a significant majority — 89 percent of registered voters polled — have a negative view of neo-Nazis, and 87 percent have a negative view of white supremacists.

The survey also finds that 39 percent of respondents support Confederate monuments, compared to 34 percent who oppose them.

The poll was conducted from Aug. 18 to 21 among 887 registered voters. The margin of error is 3.3 percent.

Trump faced a bipartisan backlash for his comments regarding Charlottesville, where white nationalists held a rally to protest the removal of a Confederate monument.

During a press conference last week, Trump said there was "blame on both sides" for the violence in Virginia, where one person died and more were injured when a car was driven into a group of counterprotesters.

Trump defended his response during a rally Tuesday night in Phoenix, accusing the media of sowing division.