Poll: Majority thinks Trump is making US more divided

Poll: Majority thinks Trump is making US more divided
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About 60 percent of poll respondents think President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE is making the United States more divided as the coronavirus and racial tensions escalate five months out from the presidential election, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The poll found that 60 percent of white respondents and 82 percent of black respondents think Trump’s presidency has made the United States more divided. Only 12 percent said they feel he has brought the country together. 

Only 5 percent of Democrats and 20 percent of Republicans thought Trump was unifying the country. 

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Fifty-four percent believe Trump made things worse after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, sparking nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism. 

Seventy-two percent of black respondents and 51 percent of white respondents think Trump has made things worse following Floyd’s death, when he called for a stronger law enforcement response and used federal law enforcement to forcefully quell peaceful protests in front of the White House.

Sixty-seven percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of race relations, according to the poll, while 32 percent say they approve.

The poll found that 24 percent of people said the country is headed in the right direction, down from 33 percent last month and 42 percent in March. 

Overall, 37 percent said they approve of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, a dip from 44 percent in March. 

Trump's overall approval rating sits at 39 percent, down from 43 percent in March. About 90 percent of black respondents disapprove of Trump and among white respondents, 45 percent approve. 

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Since March, the U.S. has surpassed every other nation in the world in coronavirus cases and deaths. Public health officials on the White House coronavirus task force have spent less time in front of cameras compared to then as the country moved toward reopening. 

The economic fallout of the pandemic has been strong, with the unemployment rate sitting at 13.3 percent after reaching a peak at 14.7 percent last month.

The poll interviewed 1,310 adults from June 11-15 and has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.