Almost half of Americans think that Trump is racist, new poll reveals

Lowenna Waters
Wednesday 04 July 2018 11:45
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A new poll has revealed that 49 per cent of Americans think Donald Trump is racist, with 47 per cent of respondents saying that he isn't.

The poll, released 3 July by Quinnipiac University, surveyed 1,020 voters nationwide, and asked respondents about president Donald Trump's immigration policies, civility and character traits.

The poll also offered more wide-ranging insights into how the public views the Trump administration broken down by demographic.

Out of the white respondents, 44 per cent thought the president was racist, while 52 per cent said he is not. Five per cent were undecided.

An overwhelming proportion of the black vote thought Trump is racist, with 79 replying in the affirmative, 19 per cent saying he is not, and only two per cent saying they didn't know either way.

Further, 58 per cent of the Hispanics responded saying Trump is a racist, 40 per cent said he isn't, and two per cent had no clear answer.

Interestingly, the data contrasts with a poll taken by Gallup only last month, which showed that just over half of Americans think that Trump is an intelligent, strong and decisive leader.

When it came to Trump's controversial immigration policy, which he has since repealed, which saw illegal immigrant children separated from their parents and held in detainment camps, respondents were appalled.

60 per cent said that the separation was a violation of human rights, and a huge 83 per cent said that the administration should take responsibility for reuniting the children with their parents.

Commenting on the findings, Tim Molloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Univeristy poll said:

When it comes to the separation of immigrant kids from their parents, American voters are clearly appalled.

When the voters were asked to describe the practice of separating children from their parents when entering the United States illegally, the top words were 'sad', 'terrible', 'bad', and 'wrong'.

HT One India

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