Donald Trump is a racist, majority say in Quinnipiac University poll

Donald Trump is a racist, majority say in Quinnipiac University poll

WASHINGTON – A narrow majority of Americans voters believe President Donald Trump is a racist, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. 

Fifty-one percent of voters answered “yes” when asked, “Do you think President Trump is a racist, or don’t you think so?” Forty-five percent said they did not think he is racist and 5% didn’t know. 

Opinions broke down along party lines.

Ninety-one percent of Republicans said they did not think Trump is racist while only 8% said they did, On the other hand, 86% of Democrats said he was racist while 9% did not. Among independent voters, 56% said Trump is racist compared with 38% who did not. 

The poll also revealed a divide on the question along lines of sex, race and religion. While 80% of blacks and 55% of Hispanics said Trump is a racist, 50% of whites said he was not. Overall, 41% of men he was a racist and 55% said he was not, while 59% of women said he was and 36% said he was not.

At 38%, white men were the least likely to think Trump was racist with 58% of that group saying he wasn’t. Fifty-three percent of white women thought he was racist and 44% did not. 

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Only 21% of evangelical Christians said Trump was a racist and 76% said he was not. Among Catholics, 48% said he was racist while 50% said he was not, and among those who said they were not religious, 63% percent felt the president is a racist. 

In two different 2018 polls from Quinnipiac, 49% of voters said Trump was a racist, but the recent poll was the first time the poll found a majority saying he was. 

A Fox News poll released last week found that 57% of voters don’t think Trump respects racial minorities, while 34% believe that he does. And 63% said his tweets about the four congresswomen “crossed the line.” 

Accusations of racism have followed Trump for decades and his critics have frequently labeled him a racist since he took office. But this month has seen a spike in such accusations after the president told four minority congresswomen to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came” and called the majority-black city of Baltimore a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” 

Trump has denied the accusations of racism, saying Tuesday, “I am the least racist person there is anywhere in the world.” 

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The poll also touched on policy and the tone of today’s politics. 

Eighty-eight percent of voters said there was a lack of civility in politics today, with the numbers split fairly evenly among Democrats, Republicans and independents. Overall, 45% blamed Trump for that lack of civility and 34% blamed Democrats. 

Since declaring his candidacy, immigration has been a central issue for Trump and his rhetoric on border security has been denounced as racist. 

When asked what they thought was behind Trump’s positions on immigration, 49% said he was motivated by a “sincere interest in controlling our borders” while 41% thought his stance was motivated by racist beliefs. 

Amid reports and images of overcrowded detention centers, 68% said the conditions in those facilities are “a serious problem.” Among Democrats, the number was 91% and among independents, 68% felt it was serious. Republicans were split, with 42% agreeing it was a serious problem and 43% saying it was not. 

Overall, 51% said the conditions in the detention centers were “inhumane.” 

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