Poll: Almost two-thirds say racial tensions are worse one year after Charlottesville

Poll: Almost two-thirds say racial tensions are worse one year after Charlottesville
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Nearly two-thirds of Americans said in a new poll that racial tensions have increased in the year since a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., while respondents were heavily divided along political lines over President TrumpDonald TrumpFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Giving thanks for Thanksgiving itself Immigration provision in Democrats' reconciliation bill makes no sense MORE's handling of racial issues.

Sixty-one percent of Americans said in the CBS News/YouGov poll that they think that racial tensions have increased, while 29 percent said they thought that they were the same and 10 percent believed they have decreased.


While majorities of white and Hispanic Americans agreed that tensions have increased, African Americans were especially likely to think tensions have risen. More than three-quarters, 78 percent, of black respondents told pollsters that tensions had grown.

Fifty-eight percent of Americans also disapprove of “Trump’s handling of racial issues,” according to the poll.

Majorities of black and Hispanic respondents disapprove, at 82 and 73 percent respectively.

White Americans were much more divided on the issue, with 49 percent approving of Trump’s handling of racial issues and 51 percent disapproving .

Respondents' opinions were strongly divided along partisan lines. Eighty-three percent of Republicans approved of how the president has handled racial issues, compared to  90 percent of Democrats who  disapproved

Forty-five percent of Americans also said they feel Trump treats all races the same, while 51 percent believe he puts the interests of white Americans over those of racial minorities. Eight in ten Republicans said they think that the president treats white and non-white Americans equally, while 8 in 10 Democrats believe he favors white Americans over racial minorities.

YouGov interviewed 2,238 U.S. adults from August 8-10, 2018. The results have a margin of error of approximately 2.5 percent.