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As police gear up for tomorrow's first anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville melee that erupted from a Confederate monument protest, attention is going to potential clashes between racists and opponents, not signs of grace or healing.

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Data: Reuters/Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics Race Poll. Note: 1,450 U.S. adults surveyed, with a credibility interval of ±2.9 percentage points. "Don't know" responses not show; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Alas, the mood matches the data: A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted with the University of Virginias' Center for Politics finds that most believe race relations have deteriorated under President Trump.

Key kindings, from Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball:

  • "Americans offered more mixed opinions on race relations looking back on President Barack Obama’s presidency, with roughly equal numbers saying race relations got better or got worse during his presidency."
  • As was the case a similar poll last September, "few showed support for white nationalists and neo-Nazis."
  • "On the flip side, about a third of respondents did not express clear support for seemingly settled social issues, like support for interracial marriage."

The bottom line: "Americans generally showed a good deal of consistency on these questions between September 2017 and now."

  • "[A] majority of Americans both last year and now opposed the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces."

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Why it matters: There's an urgency among supporters of statehood to get it done while Democrats control both chambers of Congress, and President Biden has been publicly supportive. But there's a growing divide within the party about whether statehood is actually the best solution for the U.S. territory.