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 TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension 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.


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.