Nearly 10 per cent of Americans think it's fine to be a neo-Nazi
In the aftermath of the events at Charlottesville, it's clear that society needs to be paying closer attention to those who ascribe to the harmful ideology behind the far right. Organised by white supremacist groups, the Unite The Right rally was held on Saturday, August 12th to protest the removal of a statue of a confederate icon, General Robert E. Lee.
Violent clashes quickly broke out after the rally was met by counter-protestors. The Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe was compelled to declare a state of emergency late on Saturday morning after alt-right supporter James Alex Fields ploughed his vehicle into swarms of counter-protestors, fatally injuring 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Fields has since been charged with second-degree murder and remains in custody.
US President Donald Trump has plunged his administration deeper into controversy after failing to condemn the actions of the neo-nazi groups involved. Stating that "many sides" were to blame for the tragedy, Trump has yo-yoed between condemning all prejudice saying, "racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs," and blatantly refusing to denounce the actions of the alt-right groups who atavistically wielded torches and shouted racially insensitive statements.
Indeed, Trump felt the need to mediate such statements with phrases like "nobody wants to say that. I'll say it right now."
A poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post examined the public response to the tragedy at Charlottesville.
As well as discovering that a whopping 56 per cent of the population was dissatisfied with Trump's response to the violence in the Virginian city, the poll determined that almost one in 10 American citizens believe it's permissible to have white nationalist views.
The poll concludes that 9 per cent of Americans or 22 million people are accepting of those who harbour neo-Nazi views. In addition, nearly 10 per cent actively support alt-right organisations. Perhaps these figures can be linked with the astonishing number of Holocaust deniers in America.
The poll's results will not surprise those who have been tracking Donald Trump's historically low overall approval rating.
Whilst the 45th President of the United States and his supporters insist that such figures are meaningless, it's clear that when poll after poll shows ever-growing dissatisfaction, something isn't right. Not only do nearly 60 per cent of American citizens disapprove of Trump's performance, but another poll conducted by NBC/Marist Polls claims that his job approval rating stands below 40 per cent in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - three states which ironically helped him come out victorious against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Certainly, the ABC News/The Washington Post poll uncovered that 42 per cent of those who were polled believed that their president put the white supremacist groups on "equal standing" as the counter-protestors.
ABC News and The Washington Post conversed with over 1,000 people between the 16th and 20th August to determine these statistics. The error margin is 3.5 points.