A new CNN poll conducted by SSRS found that 56 percent of respondents said they would most likely vote for a Democrat in next year's midterm election. And only 17 percent say Trump's election has improved race relations; that's down from almost half - 48 percent - who said Trump's election would make race relations better. Before his election, a solid 70 percent of Democratic voters said he would improve USA race relations.
The percentage of blacks who felt race relations were deteriorating jumped sharply between May 2016 and December 2017, Pew found-from 37 percent to fully 51 percent. Thirty-six percent of those polled said they would definitely or probably cast a ballot of Trump. Of those, 64 percent said the divides were very strong. Now, a full quarter of GOPers - 25 percent - say Trump's election has diminished race relations.
That is the Democrats' first lead on this question in the poll since February 2013 (right after Barack Obama's second inauguration) and their largest advantage on the economy since July 2009 (months into Obama's first year as president). It has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.
"We've been having a major tax debate for two months, and [it] hasn't strengthened the Republicans' hand", said McInturff, the GOP pollster. That year Democrats recaptured both the House and Senate and had a 50 percent to 36 percent margin in the poll.
And by 58 percent to 9 percent, they say his approach has made the division and partisanship in politics worse rather than better.
Still, the majority - 53 percent - of Republicans responded by saying there's been no change in race relations since Trump's election. That compares to the 35 percent that said they would vote for the Republican candidate in their district.
The CNN Poll was conducted by from December 14 to 17 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults reached on landlines or cellphones by a live interviewer.