Around two-thirds of Americans believe that the response of President Donald Trump to the killing of George Floyd has largely worsened racial tensions in the United States, according to a recent poll.
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted last week found that 67% of respondents believe that Trump’s response to the Floyd killing has “mostly increased tensions,” versus 18% who believe it has “mostly decreased tensions” and 15% who were “unsure.”
Among white evangelical Christians, 40% said that Trump’s response had increased tensions, while 35% said it decreased tensions, and 25% said they were unsure.
The response also varied greatly among party lines, as 92% of Democrats responded that his response has “mostly increased tensions” while only 29% of Republican respondents agreed.
Further, 41% of Republicans said Trump had “mostly decreased tensions,” versus 4% of Democrats and 12% of respondents who identified as independent.
Of those surveyed, broken down by political, racial, economic, and educational lines, no group had a majority of respondents say they believe that Trump had decreased racial tensions.
The group most likely to believe that Trump’s response had decreased tensions were Republican women, in which 44% said that they felt he had. The rest were evenly split between saying he increased tensions and responding that they were unsure.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski