Almost half of all Americans believe that racial divisions in the country have worsened under Barack Obama’s presidency, according to a Rasmussen poll.

Forty-seven percent said that they think Obama’s actions have driven Americans of different races further apart, rather than bringing them closer together, the survey finds.

The voters were asked to give their opinion on the question ‘Since his election as America’s first black president, has Barack Obama brought Americans of different races closer together or driven them further apart? Or have his words and actions had no major impact either way?’

Just 20 percent said they believe that Obama has succeeded in breaking down racial divisions, while a further 27 percent think he has had no impact on the situation whatsoever.

Perhaps even more damning for Obama’s legacy is the finding that only 44 percent of black voters feel that there has been an improvement in racial harmony in America under Obama.

Only 16 percent of white people, and 21 percent of other minorities agree with that sentiment, according to the poll.

A majority of whites, 54 percent, say that Obama’s actions have created greater racial tension. Twenty-one percent of blacks and 38 percent of other minority voters believe this to also be the case.

The results bear a striking resemblance to a Bloomberg poll last year that found 53 percent believe race relations have worsened under Obama, 36 percent think they are unchanged, and only 9 percent believe they have improved.

Previous Rasmussen findings from earlier this year also indicate that Americans think race relations are currently dismal.

In January, only 17 percent of all Americans rated race relations as good or excellent, a slide of half on findings from 2014, while just 8 percent said they believe race relations have gotten better in the years Obama has been in office.

GOP presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz have all lambasted Obama recently for creating greater racial division in the US.

“Instead of hope and change, we’ve seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law enforcement as a scapegoat,” Walker wrote in a recent op-ed.

Cruz noted that Obama “has made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions – that have divided us rather than bringing us together,” adding that “he has exacerbated racial misunderstanding, racial tensions.”

Trump recent charged that “Obama is the great divider, he has totally used race. And it should have been the other way around.”

“He had an opportunity to unify and he didn’t do that,” Trump said, adding that race relations are “almost as bad as they have ever been in the history of the country.”


Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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