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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump said America's divisions aren't his fault. But America isn't sure if he'll help.


On Thursday morning, one day before his inauguration as President of the United States, Donald Trump tweeted that America's deep divisions were not his fault and had existed for a long time.

While that's been the public consensus for decades, according to Gallup poll data, the nation is almost perfectly split on whether or not Trump will able to reconcile those divisions as he claims he can.

Here's Trump's three-part tweetstorm on the subject.

By the numbers

In a Gallup poll released shortly after the election, 77 percent of Americans surveyed said they thought the U.S. was divided, a record.

Meanwhile, that same poll found 45 percent of Americans thought Trump would do more to unite the country than divide, while 49 percent thought the opposite.

88 percent of Republicans thought he would be more of a unifier, while 81 percent of Democrats thought he would be more of a divider.

President Barack Obama waves following his inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

For reference, before President Obama's second term, 55 percent of Americans thought he would unite the country. Before his first term, that number hit 66 percent. Before George W. Bush's second term, that number hit 57 percent. 

Trump has long believed the country was badly divided. This tweet is from early 2012.

Earlier this week, he insisted the situation would change.

Will Donald Trump help divide or unite the US as president?

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