53% Consider Trump Rhetoric Polarizing and Divisive

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters nationwide consider President Trump’s rhetoric to be polarizing and divisive. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 24% find it uplifting and unifying while 23% say neither.

Forty-three percent (43%) say the rhetoric of both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is polarizing and divisive. Just 23% find Pelosi’s rhetoric to be uplifting and unifying while 21% say that about Ocasio-Cortez. Given the lower level of visibility, it is not surprising that both women have larger numbers of people with no opinion either way.

The rhetoric of President Obama was found to be uplifting and unifying by 48% while 32% consider it polarizing and divisive.

There are significant partisan differences:

  • By a 66% to 9% margin, Democrats find the president’s rhetoric to be polarizing and divisive. Independent voters, by a 54% to 20% margin agree. Republicans lean modestly in the other direction. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of GOP voters express the polarizing view while 47% say unifying.
  • Republicans find Obama nearly as polarizing as Democrats see Trump. By a 57% to 18% margin, GOP voters consider the former president’s rhetoric polarizing and divisive. Democrats, by a 71% to 16% hear is as uplifting and unifying. Independents to agree (45% to 16%).
  • Pelosi’s rhetoric is viewed as polarizing by 71% of Republicans while just 9% see it as unifying. Independents, by a 38% to 18% margin, tend to agree. Forty percent (40%) of Democrats see it as unifying while 24% say polarizing.
  • The numbers for Ocasio-Cortez among Republicans and Independents are similar to Pelosi. However, among Democrats, just 35% find her unifying while 28% say the opposite.

The survey also asked about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell whose rhetoric was viewed as polarizing by 34% and unifying by 20%.

Data released earlier showed that 54% of voters believe President Trump wants the U.S. to be a White Supremacist nation. His job approval ratings have remained steady around 46% for nearly six months. Forty-two percent (42%) believe he should be impeached and removed from office.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted July 19-20, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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