A new poll released Thursday, Aug. 17 reveals how many Americans agree with President Donald Trump as to what caused the violent riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump has previously mentioned that “both sides” were to blame for the violence that occurred at a rally in Charlottesville protesting the removal of a Confederate statue of General Robert E. Lee. At the height of the violence, a white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd of people, killing a 32-year-old woman, Heather Hayer.
A SurveyMonkey poll conducted Thursday found that 40 percent of American adults believe that both groups of protesters were the most responsible for the violence in Charlottesville.
Nine percent blame the counter-protesters as the ones who are most responsible for the violence in Charlottesville.
Another 46 percent blamed “far-right groups” over the counter-protesters, the poll found.
The online poll surveyed 2,181 American respondents and revealed that:
For Republican voters, 64 percent believed that both groups were guilty while 18 percent think that the white nationalist protesters were most guilty. In addition, 17 percent think that counterprotesters were most responsible.
Among independents, a total of 46 percent believes that both groups were most responsible for the violence, with 51 percent believing that white nationalists were the primary cause of violence.
For Democrats, 66 percent believe that far-right groups were most responsible, while 24 percent said both groups were responsible. Only 6 percent said counter-protesters caused most of the violence.
The poll also presented respondents with a quote from the President that stated: “You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent.”
Trump took to Twitter last week after he made updated remarks over the incident.
“Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!” he tweeted.