New polling indicates that a majority of voters believe President Donald Trump is deepening national divides. Voter satisfaction with the country's direction has also taken a noticeable drop compared to five months earlier.
On Aug. 30, a Fox News poll found that 41 percent of registered voters approved of Trump's job performance while 55 percent disapproved. Only 35 percent of respondents were satisfied with how things were going in the U.S. while 64 percent were dissatisfied. Voter satisfaction had taken a precipitous drop compared to April, when the same polling group found that 45 percent of respondents were satisfied with their country's direction and 53 percent were not.
The survey indicated that most voters believed Trump was a divisive president. Of respondents, 33 percent said Trump was bringing the country together while 56 percent said he was tearing the country apart, with 11 percent uncertain about his impact on national cohesion.
Of those polled, 28 percent said they were sleeping better since Trump took office while 31 percent said they were sleeping worse. Forty percent said their sleeping patterns remained unchanged. The survey found 58 percent of voters were confident Trump would complete his first term while 34 percent believed he would not.
On Aug. 15, Trump ignited controversy when he asserted that white supremacists and anti-racist counter-protesters shared equal blame for violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. One person was killed and 19 were injured when a white supremacist allegedly drove his car into a group of counter-protesters on Aug. 12.
"I do think there's blame on both sides ... you also had people that were very fine people on both sides," Trump said during a White House press conference, reports CNBC.
The president added that he believed some participants in the white nationalist rally were only there to protest the removal of Confederate monuments, "And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly."
The survey found that a majority of voters disagreed with the president's assertion that both sides were culpable for the violence in Charlottesville. Of those polled, 52 percent said that white supremacists were more to blame for the rally escalating into deadly violence while 17 percent said the counter-protesters were more to blame. Nineteen percent of respondents said that both sides or neither side shared equal responsibility while 10 percent were unsure.
Of respondents, 43 percent said that whites were given favorable treatment over minorities in America while 23 percent believed that minorities were treated better than whites. The poll found 24 percent believed that neither whites or racial minorities were given preferential treatment.
On Trump's response to Charlottesville, 35 percent of respondents approved while 56 percent disapproved.
The poll found 41 percent of voters believed Trump respected racial minorities while 56 percent said he did not. Thirteen percent of respondents believed Trump disliked white supremacists more than he disliked the media while 70 percent Trump had more ill-feeling towards the media than white supremacists.
Concerning Confederate monuments, 29 percent of voters wanted the monuments and emblems to be removed from public spaces while 61 percent said they should remain.
RealClearPolitics, after aggregating the last 11 national surveys released between Aug. 8 and Aug. 30, found that Trump had an average approval rating of 38.5 percent and an average disapproval rating of 57 percent.