Poll: Majority disapproves of Trump's Charlottesville response

Poll: Majority disapproves of Trump's Charlottesville response
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A majority of Americans disapprove of how President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE reacted to the attack in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday. 

Fifty-six percent of Americans polled disapprove of how Trump responded to the attack, while 28 percent approve of his reaction in the new survey.

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A majority of independent voters, 55 percent, disapprove of how Trump reacted to the white nationalist rally where a woman was killed and more than a dozen others were injured after a vehicle rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters. Twenty-eight percent of independents approve of Trump’s reaction.

A majority of Republican respondents, 62 percent, approved of the president’s reaction, and only 19 percent disapproved. Eight-four percent of Democrats polled disapproved of Trump’s response to the attack, while 9 percent approved.

The poll was conducted from Aug. 16-20, among 1,014 adults across the country over cellphones and landlines. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. 

Trump has received bipartisan criticism for his response to the attack in Charlottesville, where a white nationalist rally was held to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The president said there is “blame on both sides” for the violence that occurred at the “Unite the Right” rally.