Majority of Americans think having neo-Nazi views is unacceptable, poll finds

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A poll released Tuesday suggests that nine per cent of Americans — or as many as 22 million people — may believe it’s acceptable to hold neo-Nazi views.

The poll, conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post between Aug. 16 and Aug. 20, went on to explain that the majority of Americans (83 per cent) think holding white supremacist views or neo-Nazi views is unacceptable.

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The respondents also weighed in on whether they approved of U.S. President Donald Trump‘s heavily criticized response to the Charlottesville protests led by white supremacists. Trump blamed “both sides” for the tensions, which led to one woman being killed.

About 28 per cent of those surveyed approved of the president’s response, while 56 per cent disapproved. Unsurprisingly, Republicans were less critical of his remarks, with 62 per cent saying they approved. Only six per cent of Democrats surveyed backed the president’s viewpoint.

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Taking a deeper look into Trump’s “both sides” remarks, respondents also answered whether they thought the president was equating white supremacists with those who oppose them — 42 per cent said yes, 35 per cent said no, while 23 per cent had no opinion on the matter.

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The poll also assessed whether Trump’s Charlottesville response impacted his approval rating.

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Only 37 of Americans surveyed for the poll approve of Trump’s job as president, and 58 per cent said they disapprove. While the approval numbers are low, they are similar to what they were before Charlottesville. In July, his approval rating sat at 36 per cent and disapproval at 58 per cent — the lowest approval on record of any president at six months.

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The poll noted that approval of Trump is higher among men at 46 per cent, while only 28 per cent of women back his performance as leader.

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Trump’s low approval ratings have been on display in several recent polls and surveys. Recently, a poll by Public Religion Research Institute found that 40 per cent of Americans think the president should be impeached.

Another CBS News poll conducted in wake of the Charlottesville unrest, found 55 per cent of Americans disapproved of Trump’s response.

The ABC/Washington Post poll was carried out between Aug. 16-20, 2017, by a random national sample of 1,014 American adults. The results have a margin of error of 3.5 points. 

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