By The Associated Press | By Tim BurkePublished Oct 07, 2018 05:55AMHate crimes in the United States have fallen steadily since a decade ago, according to a survey of more than 1,400 U.S. adults by the Pew Research Center.

It’s the first time the survey has asked the question since 2015, which was the year President Donald Trump took office.

The percentage of Americans who said hate crimes against members of their race or ethnic group increased during Trump’s presidency dropped from 44 percent to 32 percent.

But hate crimes have been on the rise since Trump took over the White House, the survey said.

More than 80 percent of Americans said hate crime incidents are getting worse.

About half of Americans, 51 percent, said hate violence and hate crimes are on the increase, while 18 percent said they were on the decline.

The survey, conducted online between Oct. 5 and Oct. 7 among 1,054 adults, included questions about race, ethnicity, gender and age.

It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.___Follow Associated Press reporter David Morgan at