One year after Donald Trump said there were “some very fine people on both sides” of violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, a majority of Black Trump supporters in a new AP poll say race relations have gotten better since Trump became president.
According to the poll, 65 percent of Blacks who voted for Trump say race relations have improved tremendously under Trump, compared with 16 percent who say they have gotten worse. Another 18 percent say race relations have stayed about the same as it was when Barack Obama was the president.
In the general population, just over half of white voters, 51 percent, say race relations have worsened under Trump, while larger majorities of African-American voters (79 percent) and Hispanics (60 percent) say they have gotten worse.
Self-identified Democratic voters overwhelmingly say race relations have gotten worse under Trump (82 percent), compared with only 4 percent who say they have gotten better and 9 percent who say they are about the same.
But more Republicans say race relations have gotten better under Trump (35 percent) than say they have gotten worse (25 percent). About three in 10 — 29 percent — say race relations have stayed about the same. (Independents mirror the overall electorate: 13 percent say they have gotten better, 55 percent say have gotten worse and 20 percent say they are about the same.)