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Poll: Most Utahns believe Trump administration has failed at improving race relations

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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A slim majority of Utahns say President Donald Trump’s administration has mostly failed at improving race relations in the U.S. according to a new survey.

The UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll from Y2 Analytics finds 53% of Utahns say the Trump administration has mostly failed at improving race relations. Just under a third (29%) say they’ve mostly succeeded, while 18% say the results have been mixed.

Last week a UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll showed that most Utahns believed race relations were in bad shape nationally.

The Trump administration has stumbled on race relations time and again during his tenure in office. After white nationalists and counter-protesters clashed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, Trump was widely criticized for saying there were fine people on “both sides” of the violence.

In 2018, during an Oval Office meeting on immigration reform, Trump allegedly referred to El Salvador, Haiti and African countries as “shitholes,” which was widely seen as a racist comment. Trump also has attacked four Democratic congresswomen of color on Twitter.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted out a video of a supporter in Florida chanting “white power.” He deleted the tweet in the face of online outrage.

Trump has repeatedly touted his administration’s progress in boosting economic gains for Black Americans. African American unemployment did hit a low last year level last year, but household median income for Blacks was higher before Trump took office.

In the wake of the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, national polling shows 58% of Americans disapprove of President Trump’s handling of race relations, while just 33% say they approve.

As with most issues involving the president, the results break sharply along partisan and ideological lines.

  • 64% of “strong” Republicans say the Trump administration has “mostly succeeded” in improving race relations. 47 percent of independent voters who lean toward the GOP also say the Trump administrations progress has been positive.
  • 41% of moderate Republicans say the administration’s results on race relations have been mixed.
  • Two-thirds of independent voters say the Trump administration has mostly failed.
  • Democrats and independent-leaning Democrats are almost unanimous in believing the Trump administration has failed.

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The same dynamic is at play in our polling when broken down by political ideology. Conservatives are firm in their belief that the Trump administration has succeeded in their approach to race relations, while moderates and liberals say the White House has failed.

The survey was conducted by Y2 Analytics from June 9-17, 2020 among 1,188 likely Utah voters. It has a margin of error +/- 2.9 percentage points.

KUTV 2News is partnering with Utah Policy.com and Y2 Analytics and will be providing polling results on a regular basis throughout the election season. You can sign up for UtahPolicy.com’s daily email newsletter here.

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