A new poll conduced on the year anniversary of Charlottesville shows that the majority of voters think that race relations have got worse under the Trump administration in America.
Fifty-five per cent said that race relations have worsened under Trump, while 16 per cent said that they had improved, a new poll by Politico and Morning Consulthas revealed. Another 18 per cent said that there has been no change.
Among white voters, 51 per cent have said that race relations have got worse, however a larger majority of African American voters think the same, with 79-per-cent agreeing; and 60 per cent of Hispanics agreeing.
Democratic voters overwhelmingly agreed that race relations have deteriorated, with 89 per cent saying that things have got worse. Only 4 per cent thought there had been an improvement, while 9 per cent say they're about the same.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the majority of Republican voters say that race relations have improved under Trump, with 35 per cent answering in the affirmative, and only 25 per cent saying that they've got worse. About a third (29 per cent) say they've stayed the same.
The poll was conducted in the run up to the year anniversary of the Charlottesville unrest, in which far-right white supremacists descended on the Virginia town to protest the removal of a statue of a Confederate general, Robert E Lee, from a public park.
Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman, was killed when a man ploughed into a crowd of counter-protestors in a car, wounding over a dozen others.
In response to the violence, president Donald Trump originally blamed both sides for the violence. The New York Times reports he said:
I think there is blame on both sides.
You had a group on one side that was bad.
You had a group on the other side that was also very violent.
Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.
On the subject of race relations, Trump scored far worse than his predecessors in the poll. Sixteen per cent said that race relations have got worse under President Bush. Results were split on President Obama's tenure. 37 per cent thought relations had improved, while 37 per cent thought thought they'd got worse, and 16 per cent thought they'd stayed the same.
On the subject of confederate statues, a surprising 54 per cent thought that they should remain standing, 22 per cent thought they should be taken down, while 24 per cent had no opinion.