67 Percent of Americans Believe Trump Has Worsened Racial Tensions Since Killing of George Floyd

President Donald J. Trump walks from the White House Monday evening, June 1, 2020, to St. John’s Episcopal Church, known as the church of presidents, that was damaged by fire during demonstrations in nearby LaFayette Square Sunday evening. | Official White House Photo/Shealah Craighead

Around two-thirds of Americans believe that the response of President Donald Trump to the killing of George Floyd has largely worsened racial tensions in the United States, according to a recent poll.

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted last week found that 67% of respondents believe that Trump’s response to the Floyd killing has “mostly increased tensions,” versus 18% who believe it has “mostly decreased tensions” and 15% who were “unsure.”

Among white evangelical Christians, 40% said that Trump’s response had increased tensions, while 35% said it decreased tensions, and 25% said they were unsure.

The response also varied greatly among party lines, as 92% of Democrats responded that his response has “mostly increased tensions” while only 29% of Republican respondents agreed.

Further, 41% of Republicans said Trump had “mostly decreased tensions,” versus 4% of Democrats and 12% of respondents who identified as independent.

Of those surveyed, broken down by political, racial, economic, and educational lines, no group had a majority of respondents say they believe that Trump had decreased racial tensions.

The group most likely to believe that Trump’s response had decreased tensions were Republican women, in which 44% said that they felt he had. The rest were evenly split between saying he increased tensions and responding that they were unsure.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski