Poll: Most say Trump wrong in blaming both sides for Charlottesville violence

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A majority of Americans think that President Trump blaming both sides for violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., is inaccurate, according to a CBS poll released Thursday.

The poll, which began surveying respondents the day before Trump’s controversial press conference Tuesday, found that people were more disapproving of Trump after the conference.

Fifty-five percent said that where Trump placed blame for the violence at the rally was inaccurate, compared to 35 percent who said they thought the president was accurate, according to the poll.

{mosads}The survey also found a strong partisan divide on who was to blame, with 68 percent of Republicans believing that Trump’s argument was correct compared to only 10 percent of Democrats surveyed.

Trump came under fire for saying twice that he believes there is more than one side to blame for the violence in Charlottesville last weekend, refusing to put all the blame on the white supremacists who organized the rally. One woman died and at least a dozen were injured after a driver with alleged ties to the white supremacists rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at the rally.

The poll found that 63 percent of Americans think that incident should be called “domestic terrorism.”

CBS surveyed 1,223 adults between Aug. 14 and 16. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.


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