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Trump’s job approval rating hits new low after Charlottesville violence

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Washington: The job approval rating of US President Donald Trump has reached a new low, a Politico/Morning Consult poll showed on Wednesday.

The survey said 39 per cent of respondents approve of Trump’s job performance, down from 44 per cent in the same poll a week ago, Xinhua news agency cited the poll findings as saying.

Fifty-six per cent of voters disapprove of the job Trump is doing in the new poll, up from 52 per cent last week.

Conducted last Thursday through Saturday, the poll came after Trump’s controversial remarks over a violent clash triggered by a white supremacist rally on August 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia, which led to the death of counter-protester and dozens of injuries.

Trump faced bipartisan backlash after claiming there is “blame on both sides” for the deadly violence. He defended his response at a rally in state of Arizona late Tuesday.

The poll found that 37 per cent of voters think Trump’s reaction to the Charlottesville incident was appropriate, compared to 46 per cent who think otherwise.

Besides, the poll showed a 43 per cent plurality of voters blame the white nationalist protesters most for the violence.

While another 36 per cent think both the white nationalists and the counter-protesters deserve equal blame for the violence, nine percent blame the counter-protesters most.

IANS

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