More US voters see white nationalism as a threat: poll

More US voters see white nationalism as a threat: poll
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The number of U.S. voters who see white nationalism as a threat is greater today than five months ago, according to a new poll.

Forty-seven percent of voters said they perceive white nationalism as a threat, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday and taken in the days after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, last weekend. It’s a 10-point increase from March, when 37 percent of voters said white nationalism was a threat in poll that followed the New Zealand mosque shootings. 

The gunman in the New Zealand attack, which killed 51 people, allegedly wrote a manifesto filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and white supremacist language. The accused gunman in the killing of 22 people in El Paso Saturday is also the reported author of a manifesto that spoke of a Hispanic "invasion."

Voters now view white nationalism as a threat on statistically similar levels as Islamic extremism, at 49 percent, based on the poll. 

The uptick in viewing white nationalism as a threat was larger among Democrats and independents than it was amongst Republicans. The poll found an 11-point increase among Democrats, from 58 percent to 69 percent, and a 12-point jump among independents, from 33 percent to 45 percent. 


The perceived white nationalist threat among Republicans increased from 17 percent to 22 percent. 

One-third of voters said they blame Trump “a lot” for mass shootings, which is an 11-point increase from a poll last year. The majority of Democrats, 59 percent, blame Trump, and just four percent of Republicans blame Trump “a lot” for mass shootings, according to the poll. 

The results follow two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that killed a combined total of more than 30 people. 

It has reignited Democrats call for gun control laws, as well as invigorated Democrats in calling out Trump’s divisive rhetoric. 

Trump defended his rhetoric against accusations that it's to blame for the attacks. He told reporters Monday his rhetoric “brings people together.”

The poll surveyed 1,960 registered voters between August 5 and 7. There is a margin of error of 2 percentage points.