Majority of Americans Say Trump Aggravating Racial Unrest: Poll

More than half of Americans—55 percent—say President Donald Trump is aggravating racial unrest across the country, with the majority saying his "law and order" campaign strategy is promoting the opposite.

Only one in 10 Americans say Trump's rhetoric in response to police shootings and racial protests has made the situation in the U.S. any better, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll. Even among the president's base Republican voters, fewer than one-third say Trump is helping to improve the country's debate over police brutality and racial disparities. About 80 percent of Democrats and a majority of independents say Trump is making U.S. racial unrest even worse, while 15 percent more U.S. adults—56 to 42—say they trust Biden more to "keep their families safe."

About 18 percent of white Americans without a college degree—a core demographic in Trump's base—say they believe the president is having a positive effect on racial protests.

Americans overwhelmingly view Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as a neutral figure in the face of unprecedented division, with half saying Biden isn't having much impact either way. Illustrating the middle-of-the-road views Americans have of Biden, 54 percent of independents in the survey say Biden is not having much effect on racial unrest.

Biden holds a double-digit advantage over Trump among survey respondents who say the former vice president would do a better job keeping the country safe—55 to 42 percent. An overwhelming majority of Americans of all political affiliations—80 percent— say they are concerned about the protests taking place in cities and towns ranging from Portland, Oregon to Kenosha, Wisconsin. Protests in Oregon have continued for 100 straight days following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

The difference between the two candidates' approach to racial protests was on full display in Wisconsin after a white officer shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake in the back seven times last month, prompting ongoing protests. Biden met privately with Blake's family and and discussed his opponent's rhetoric. Trump also visited Wisconsin days prior, but never mentioned Blake by name during the stop.

"(It's) not all his fault. But it legitimizes a dark side of human nature ... it also exposed what had not been paid enough attention to, the underlying racism that is institutionalized in the United States, still exists, has existed for 400 years," Biden said of Trump.

Twenty-nine percent of Americans in the ABC News/Ipsos poll say they think Trump's rhetoric has had no impact whatsoever on the racial unrest, compared to 49 percent who say the same of Biden. Just over one-quarter of Americans say Biden's rhetoric is having a negative effect on issues tied to racial unrest.

Newsweek reached out to both the Biden and Trump presidential campaigns for additional remarks Sunday morning.

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More than half of Americans, 55 percent, say President Donald Trump is aggravating racial unrest across the country, with the majority saying his "law and order" campaign strategy is promoting the opposite. SCOTT OLSON / Staff/Getty Images