Majority say Donald Trump is dividing America, as approval rating falls

60% say his behaviour has encouraged white supremacist groups

Majority say Donald Trump is dividing America, as approval rating falls

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A majority of US voters say President Donald Trump is doing more to divide the country than unite it.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University found 62% of voters say he is dividing the country, while 31% say he is doing more to unite it.

This is Mr Trump's worst score on this question.

He also gets a negative 59% rating on his overall job approval - down from a 57% approval rating on August 17th.

Source: Quinnipiac University

The poll says every party, gender, education, age and racial group disapproves except Republicans, who approve 77% to 14%.

US voters disapprove by 60% of Mr Trump's response to the events in Charlottesville, in which one woman died during protests by white supremacists and counter groups.

Just under 60% of respondents said President Trump's decisions and behaviour have encouraged white supremacist groups.

White supremacist groups pose a threat to the US, 64% of voters say.

Some 55% of American voters say there is too much prejudice in the nation and 40% say there is too much political correctness - the widest margin for prejudice since the question first was asked in June 2016.

And 65% of voters say since Mr Trump's election, "the level of hatred and prejudice in the US has increased".

Two percent say it has decreased and 32% say it hasn't changed.

On Mr Trump himself, 62% say he does not provide moral leadership.

Other voter opinions on Mr's Trump qualities include:

  • 61% say he is not honest
  • 61% say he does not have good leadership skills
  • 57% say he does not care about average Americans
  • 68% say he is not level headed
  • 59% say he is a strong person
  • 55% say he is intelligent
  • 63% say that he does not share their values

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answers, 64 voters (not percent) say "strong" is the first word that comes to mind when they think of Trump.

"Idiot" is the first word for 59 voters. Another 58 voters say "incompetent," as 50 say "liar" and 49 say "president."

American voters disapprove by 55% of the way the news media covers Mr Trump, and disapprove by 62% of the way the president talks about the media.

Some 54% of voters say they trust the media more than Mr Trump "to tell you the truth about important issues."

While 69% of those polled want Mr Trump to stop tweeting from his personal account.

Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said: "Elected on his strength as a deal-maker, but now overwhelmingly considered a divider, President Donald Trump has a big negative job approval rating and low scores on handling racial issues".