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Most Americans have unfavorable view of Trump, say US is divided: Poll

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump at the White House on February 21, 2019. (AFP photo)

The vast majority of Americans continue to hold a negative view of US President Donald Trump and believe the United States is deeply divided among racial, religious and political lines, according to a new survey.

Some 83 percent of Americans believe the country is “somewhat” or “very” divided by race and ethnicity, according to the poll conducted by PRRI and The Atlantic.

The poll shows that 91 percent of Americans believe that the country is divided over politics, while 77 percent of the general public agrees that the US is divided over religion.

The survey also found that after two years in office, the public’s view of Trump remains very negative.

Just 36 percent of Americans reported that they held a favorable view of the US president, while 60 percent of the general public said their view of Trump was unfavorable.

White Americans are, overall, more likely than nonwhite Americans to have a favorable view of Trump. Nearly half, or 47 percent, of white Americans have a positive view of Trump, compared to 22 percent of Hispanic Americans and only seven percent of African Americans.

Among religious groups, white evangelical Protestants continue to be Trump’s strongest supporters and remain the only major religious group in which a majority holds a favorable view of the president.

However, polls show that Trump is losing support among his voter base. The erosion in support among Trump’s core constituents has contributed to a sharp increase in his disapproval ratings, according to a Real Clear Politics polling average on Friday.

Trump's disapproval rating hit an all-time high of 58.1 percent in December 2017, according to Real Clear Politics.

Political data site FiveThirtyEight's aggregated presidential popularity tracker shows Trump's approval gap, which has been underwater for most of his presidency, widening markedly since mid-December.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released last month found that most Americans give poor marks to Trump’s work across a range of issues and do not trust him to make the right decisions for the country’s future.

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