62 Percent of Voters Think Trump Is Dividing the Country, Poll Shows

Every demographic disapproves of Trump, except Republicans, white voters with no college and white men, according to Quinnipiac survey

RICHMOND, VA – OCTOBER 14: Republican presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally at the Richmond International Raceway October 14, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. A New York real estate mogul and reality television star, Trump is now in a statistical tie with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in a Fox News survey of likely Republican voters released Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

More than 60 percent of voters believe President Trump is encouraging white supremacy, is dishonest, lacks moral leadership and doesn’t care about average Americans, a new Quinnipiac University poll has found. Yes, that’s two-to-one who are down on POTUS right now.

Trump’s overall job rating is also down in every demographic, except for Republicans, who approve of Trump 77-14 percent. White voters with no college give Tump a positive rating of 52-40 percent, and white men approve 50-46 percent.

Roughly 1,500 self-identified registered voters were surveyed by phone between Aug. 17 and Aug. 22 in English and Spanish across the U.S.

Trump’s response to the violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month is largely credited with the low approval. According to the poll, 60-32 percent of voters disapprove of Trump’s response.

Voter opinions of most Trump qualities are low, according to the new poll:
61 – 36 percent that he is not honest;
61 – 37 percent that he does not have good leadership skills;
57 – 40 percent that he does not care about average Americans;
68 – 29 percent that he is not level headed;
59 – 38 percent that he is a strong person;
55 – 43 percent that he is intelligent;
63 – 34 percent that he does not share their values.

Trump now infamously said that there were “many sides” to the violent rallies that ended up killing Heather Heyer, 32, at the hands of a white supremacist participant who drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, and injured several others. Trump was criticized for not outright condemning white supremacist and Nazis by name until two days after the chaos, and then backpedalled a day later to reiterate that there were “very fine people on both sides.”

At a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday, Trump slammed the media for, he says, misrepresenting his comments after Charlottesville. He reread portions of his response, but left out the “many sides” part.

“The media can attack me, but where I draw the line is when they attack you, which is what they do,” he said. “It’s time to expose the crooked media deceptions and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting division.”

As he read his second response in which he mentioned white supremacists and the KKK by name, he told the crowd: “I hit ’em with neo-Nazi, I hit ’em with everything. KKK? We have KKK. I got ’em all.”

Quinnipiac is a private university in Hamden, Connecticut.