A poll released by Rasmussen Monday shows that 50 percent of likely U.S. voters support President Donald Trump over his defense of Confederate monuments.
Trump lamented last Thursday on Twitter the decision by some local and state authorities to remove monuments related to the Confederacy.
Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
Momentum for removing these statues has surged recently in response to the violence that occurred at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. this month.
The Rasmussen survey discovered that 37 percent disagree with the president’s statements on the issue while 12 percent are undecided. Only 28 percent of those surveyed want to see the statues dedicated to confederate figures removed and believe doing so will help race relations.
However, 39 percent believe the removal of such monuments will have the opposite effect on race relations, while 26 percent claim no effect will happen.
Similarly, a Marist poll published last week showed the American public siding with Trump on Confederate monuments issue. (RELATED: POLL: Most Voters Want Confederate Statues To Remain)
Rasmussen found that black Americans and other minority voters are more likely than whites to believe that removing the Confederate monuments will hurt race relations further.
Likewise, Marist also specifically noted that black Americans do not want Confederate statues removed. (RELATED: POLL: Most Black Americans Don’t Want Confederate Statues Removed)