45 percent of America 'strongly disapprove' of Trump

Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan

Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan

This new poll from Quinnipiac University was conducted from August 17-22, 2017, among 1,514 registered voters.

Nearly as many Republican primary voters blame counterprotesters for the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia as blame the neo-Nazis who were protesting, according to a new poll.

It has been more than two years since Donald Trump first descended the escalator at Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for president, but that doesn't mean the majority of Americans are any closer to understanding the mentality of his diehard supporters.

Much of the decline in Trump's approval rating appears to have come from self-identified Republican voters - 73 percent, down from 81 percent last week.

The poll also tracked Trump's overall approval rating, which remains historically low.

The rest of the top five most-reported words were "idiot" (59 votes), "incompetent" (58), "liar" (50), and "president" (49), while the sixth-most common word was "racist", with 29 votes.

More broadly, the ABC News/Washington Post captures that Americans feels strongly about Trump one way or the other, with only 15 percent saying in August they approve of him somewhat, and another 13 percent saying they disapprove of him somewhat.

Thirty-six percent of all voters say that both members of the alt-right and Antifa-led protesters contributed to the violence, compared to 43 percent who blamed the white nationalists.

Trump spoke out several times about the issues and groups involved in Charlottesville, shifting his position from day to day.

Poll respondents, by a margin of 62 to 35 percent, said they believe Trump "does not provide the U.S. with moral leadership", Quinnipiac said. Only 9 percent blamed the protesters for the violence, according to a poll published by Morning Consult.

Another large chunk, 39 percent, held no opinion.

Politico, a US political journalism company, said Trump is at the lowest point of his presidency.

Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said the events in Charlottesville, and Trump's comments about them, have fueled a perception in America that racial tensions are on the rise. The remaining 23 percent have no opinion. That speech prompted Republican strategist Rick Wilson, a Trump critic, to opine on CNN that the speech was "an astounding chain of lies tied together by lunatic asides by a man who obviously is mentally unstable". Another 10 percent said of those surveyed said they either did not know or were not certain which option they preferred. Morning Consult is a nonpartisan media and technology company that provides research on politics, policy and business strategy.

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