Poll: 66 percent see Trump as doing more to divide than unite America

Christina Gregg, AOL.com

As President Trump's approval ratings ebb and flow, a new ABC News poll reveals a majority of Americans view the commander in chief as more divisive than unifying.

According to the latest ABC News poll findings, 66 percent of Americans say Trump has done more to divide the country, while 28 percent say the president has done more to unify.

The poll findings come after Trump last Friday spoke out on NFL players protesting by taking a knee during the national anthem, saying he would "love" to see team owners say of protesting players, "Get that son of a b***h off the field."

His comments sparked a wave of backlash, including statements from league commissioner Roger Goodell and team owners alike. On Sunday, many NFL players -- and some full teams -- stayed in locker rooms, knelt, and stood in solidarity after Trump's comments.

Star New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady himself -- who had previously been seen with a "Make America Great Again" hat in his locker -- called the president's words "divisive."

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This ABC News survey also comes on the heels of data showing bad news for the president's political party.

According to a new CNN poll, an anemic 29 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the Republican party. This is the lowest mark the GOP has received in this poll since CNN began asking the question in 1992.

From Congress to the Supreme Court to the executive office, conservative Republican values and agenda items currently have the upper hand in the U.S. Still, items that require Congressional action have stalled, potentially due to Trump's divisive language often showcased on Twitter seeping into his legislative maneuvering.

While the White House has shifted its messaging to an emphasis on tax reform, efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare press on for Republicans on Capitol Hill -- but opposites like Sens. Susan Collins and Rand Paul appear to have again found themselves at an impasse in taking up the latest Graham-Cassidy bill.

This late in the health care game, there is no "come to Trump" moment for GOP lawmakers looking for a mediator to guide the elephant process. Rather, Trump took to Twitter last week to blast Sen. Paul for his opposition to the health care bill, naming him as a "negative force" to his 39.2 million followers.


As Trump seemingly divides the nation on issues like proper responses to police brutality, Confederate monuments and what the national anthem stands for, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart doubled down on Monday in emphasizing the league's differing views on the issue.

"Everyone should know, including the president, that this is what real locker room talk is," Lockhart said of the player protests. "If the president wants to engage in something that's productive, he has our number."