Trump still hearing complaints about Charlottesville comments a week later

Marsha Scott
August 23, 2017

That gathering, where 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed while peacefully protesting the hate groups that had descended on Charlottesville, caused a massive wave of outrage - but a wavering response from President Donald Trump, who first blamed violence on "many sides" and then defended some of the neo-Nazis and white-supremacists in Charlottesville as "very fine people". About 40 percent of Americans think members of the alt-right hold white supremacist views, nearly twice as many as those who think they doesn't.

The fallout from Trump's comments has been heavy as lawmakers from both sides slammed him and four high-powered executives walked away from his manufacturing advisory board to protest his delay in denouncing white supremacy.

"You have now twice equated neo-Nazis shouting anti-Semitic and racist slurs as they waved swastika flags to the counter-protesters who gathered to resist them", the lawmakers wrote. (In contrast, 83 percent say it's unacceptable, and eight percent somehow had no opinion on neo-Nazism.) A similar number, 10 percent, said that they support the alt-right movement, while 50 percent oppose it.

Trump stunned many Americans last Tuesday after he strongly condemned leftist agitators as equally responsible for the violence.

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-Men are much more likely than women to back Trump: 44 percent of men approve of the job he is doing, just 28 percent of women.

Believing in Neo-Nazi ideologies is considered acceptable by nine percent of the U.S. population, or around 22 million people, while 83 percent believe such views to be unacceptable, a new poll showed on Tuesday. At 18 percentage points this is not only the widest of his presidency, but wider than the largest gender gaps recorded for either of his two predecessors.

The numbers were largely unchanged from an ABC News/Washington Post poll in July conducted prior to the Charlottesville rally. An additional 39 percent had no opinion.

The survey was conducted by phone on August 16-20 among 1,014 respondents. Partisan divisions are 33-22-42 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.

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