While many in the news media, in Washington, across social media, and in the streets have swiftly condemned President Donald Trump for his comments asserting that both the white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia and the counter-protesters who demonstrated against the so-called "Unite the Right" rally were to blame for the ensuing violence, a new poll shows that many Republicans agree with him.
Just 38 percent of Americans report a favorable view of Trump, while 56 percent of the public express an unfavorable opinion of him, according to the poll.
Disagreement over President Donald Trump's reaction to events in Charlottesville, Va., is divided along partisan lines, a survey revealed Thursday.
Just over two-thirds of Republicans said they approve of Trump's response to the attack.
Further illustrating the party divide, the survey also found that 80% of Democrats believe Russian Federation interfered in the election to help Trump win, while only 20% of Republicans agree.
The poll started before the president's news conference Tuesday and ended two nights after it.
He gets majority disapproval overall for his response to the events, while most Republicans approve.
Sixty-three percent of Americans consider the attack that led to injury and loss of life an act of "domestic terrorism".
When Democrats were asked the same question only 10 percent approved. Since February, the share of Democrats saying they support impeachment jumped from 58 percent to 72 percent, while the share of independents advocating for Trump's removal from office increased from 27 percent to 38 percent.
There was more agreement across the board on the question of whether the neo-Nazi driving the vehicle that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured 19 more committed an act of domestic terrorism.
"You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side who was also very violent", Trump also said. It was conducted August 2- 8, before the violent rally in Charlottesville and Trump's controversial remarks about it this week.
However, while Democrats see division, Republicans say they see no impact.