Would you be surprised to learn that a fair number of white Americans think Donald Trump is racist?
According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, forty-four percent of white respondents said yes they thought Trump was a racist when asked by the pollster, “Do you think President Trump is racist, or don’t you think so?”
Fifty-two percent of white respondents thought the reality-TV star wasn’t racist.
Seventy-nine percent of black respondents believe Trump is racist as well as 58 percent of Hispanic respondents.
According to the report, “there was a divide along party lines; eighty-six percent of Democrats said Trump was a racist while just 11 percent of Republicans said the same.”
“Nearly half of all respondents—49 percent—said the president was a racist, according to Quinnipiac University. Forty-seven percent said he was not.”
“Meanwhile, a majority—55 percent—said Trump has emboldened people who hold racist beliefs. Forty-four percent thought that Trump’s immigration stances were a result of racist beliefs.”
“The words are G-rated, but a punch to the gut of President Donald Trump’s immigration policy,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, in a statement. “When it comes to the separation of immigrant kids from their parents, American voters are clearly appalled.”
The Quinnipiac University survey polled 1,020 voters across the country from June 27 to July 1. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
Trump has regularly made comments that have led many to label him a racist, but he has previously told reporters, “I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you.”