Survey: 9 percent call neo-Nazi views acceptable
Nine percent of Americans said holding neo-Nazi or white supremacist views is acceptable, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday.
The results of the survey come as the White House continues to field the fallout from President Trump’s comments following a white supremacist rally that left one counterprotester dead and numerous others injured earlier this month.
A majority of Americans, 83 percent, said holding neo-Nazi views is unacceptable, the poll found.
Thirty-nine percent said they believe the “alt-right” holds white supremacist of neo-Nazi views, whereas 21 percent believe they do not. Thirty-nine percent had no opinion.
“Alt-right” is a term that typically refers to a political ideology that mixes populism with white supremacism and anti-Semitism.
The same poll found that a majority of Americans, 56 percent, disapproves of Trump’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville. In the days following, Trump said there was “blame on both sides” for the violence at the “Unite the Right” rally and that there were some “very fine people” among those protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
The survey was conducted from Aug. 16 to 20, polling 1,014 adults across the country over cellphones and landlines. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.