White supremacist groups across the board have thrown their support behind Donald Trump and one would think that would alarm the GOP presidential nominee’s base. But, typically, on social media, time and time again, his supporters will claim their candidate is not a racist even after his most acidic remarks in which he disparages minorities.
A new poll reveals that a shocking number of his supporters believe Donald is a racist. The question posed to those surveyed was, “Do you think Donald Trump is a racist?”
And the survey says:
Buried deep in the poll, though, is a remarkable bit of data. On page 160 we learn that 7 percent of Trump voters think he is a racist.
That’s a relatively low figure, mind you, compared to the views of most other demographic groups. Overall, 44 percent of repondents said that, yes, in their view the Republican nominee for president was racist, compared to 47 percent who said no. Democrats and black voters were most likely to say that he was (76 percent and 83 percent respectively), suggesting that Trump’s recent overtures to the latter group (to the extent that they were sincere) haven’t exactly solved his problem. Six in 10 Hispanics said they thought Trump was racist, with a third disagreeing, which is, I guess, good news. (emphasis mine)
But there at the end, that awkward 7 percent.
Again, overall the poll shows that 44 percent of those in the Suffolk University/USA Today poll say that Donald is not a racist, while 47 percent say he is.
37 percent of white people polled believe Donald is a racist. In contrast, 61 percent of Hispanics and 83 percent of African-Americans believe that he is.
A Quinnipiac University poll last week asked people a slightly different question: Did they think that Trump’s rhetoric appealed to bigotry? As a shock to no one ever, most did.
Even worse for Trump, a plurality of every demographic save Republicans felt that he appealed to bigotry, including majorities of independents, men, women, whites with or without college degrees, people aged 64 or younger and both whites and nonwhites. Among all whites, 54 percent felt that Trump appeals to bigotry (with 50 percent of white men agreeing). Among nonwhites, the figure was 72 percent. (With 29 percent of Republicans saying they think he appeals to bigotry and 84 percent supporting him, that means that at least 13 percent of Republicans both think he appeals to bigotry and plan to give him their vote.)
The latest poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald by about seven points. It proves that conservatives hate Hillary more than they dislike a racist candidate who has literally zero experience in politics. Donald has been pandering to the White Lives Matter crowd. He even hired Stephen Bannon as CEO of his presidential campaign. Bannon embraced the racist alt-right on Breitbart.
Don’t sit out the election.
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