Poll Shows Plurality Blame Trump for Discord A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll survey reveals American attitudes about the current political environment.
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Poll Shows Plurality Blame Trump for Discord

41% of likely voters believe the way President Trump conducts himself is to blame for incidents like the recent pipe bombs sent to his critics Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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41% of likely voters believe the way President Trump conducts himself is to blame for incidents like the recent pipe bombs sent to his critics

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Americans Concerned over Incivility and Violence

With the midterm elections just days away, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll survey reveals American attitudes about the current political environment, including who may be to blame for partisan rancor and acts of violence such as the pipe bomb mailings. The survey found growing uneasiness among Americans that the lack of civility in Washington will lead to more violence. Furthermore, there is consensus among Americans that the level of civility between elected officials in Washington has worsened since President Donald Trump took office. In fact 41% of likely voters believe the way President Trump conducts himself is to blame for incidents like the recent pipe bombs sent to his critics.

Read more analysis of the survey from NPR: HERE

Read the full results of the survey: HERE

Please note this information is EMBARGOED until 5am on Thursday, October 1st.

Results attributable to: NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll


Key Findings:

  • 40% of Americans, including 42% of likely voters, think Trump is responsible for the divisive tone in today's politics. 29% blame the media, and 17% blame congressional Democrats, and 7% blame congressional Republicans.
  • 74% of Americans, including 76% of likely voters, perceive the overall tone and level of civility between the Republicans and Democrats in Washington to have gotten worse since Trump became president. This is an increase from 67% in November 2017. 87% of Democrats, 75% of independents, and 63% of Republicans think the political rancor in Washington has worsened since the president took office.
  • 79% of Americans, including 82% of likely voters, are concerned that the lack of civility in Washington will lead to violence.
  • 37%, including 41% of likely voters, believe the way President Trump conducts himself is to blame for incidents like the recent pipe bombs sent to his critics. 21% consider the way the media reports the news to be at fault, and 12% cite the bickering between Democrats and Republicans. 23% think none of these factors are to blame.
  • 52% of Americans believe President Trump's reaction to the suspicious packages that went to high profile Democrats was irresponsible. 39% consider the president's conduct to be responsible.
  • 50% of Americans say the media has acted irresponsibly in reporting incidents (like the pipe bombs) while 40% say their accounts have been responsible.
  • 83% Democrats are more likely to perceive Trump's handling of the pipe bomb situation to be careless while Republicans (72%) are more likely to perceive the media's reporting to be reckless
  • 41% of Americans, including the same proportion of likely voters, approve of the job President Trump is doing in office. This is little changed from 39% reported in the late October NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll. 51% disapprove, including 38% who strongly do so. 28% of Americans strongly approve of the president's job performance.
  • Democrats (50%) have a 6-point advantage over the Republicans (44%) on a generic congressional ballot, a decline from the 10-point lead the Democrats previously enjoyed.