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49% of Democrats Think Trump Voters Are Racist

Most voters don’t consider supporters of President Trump to be racist, but half of Democrats do.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters disagree with the following statement – “Vote for Donald Trump, and you are a racist.”  Twenty-nine percent (29%) agree with the statement, while 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

But a closer look finds that 49% of Democrats think Trump voters are racist, compared to 13% of Republicans and 23% of voters not affiliated with either major party.

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Rasmussen Reports did not identify the source of the statement in its question. Joe Lockhart who served as press secretary for President Bill Clinton from 1998 to 2000 made the comment on Twitter earlier this week.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 29-30, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Voters are closely divided over whether Trump is a racist, but one-in-three Democrats think it’s racism any time a white politician criticizes a politician of color.

Most voters in nearly every demographic category say Trump voters are not racist.

Women and those under 40, however, are more likely than men and older voters to see those who vote for Trump as racists. Forty-one percent (41%) of blacks agree, compared to 26% of whites and 37% of other minority voters.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of self-described political liberals believe those who vote for Trump are racist. Seventy-five percent (75%) of conservatives and 57% of moderates disagree.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of all voters think most politicians raise racial issues to get elected, not to address real problems. Just 15% think they raise those issues because they want to address real problems, but 14% are undecided.

With unemployment for black Americans at an historic low, voters believe Trump has been better for young blacks than President Obama. But voters also still feel the government could do more and don’t think Trump’s rotten relationship with black members of Congress helps.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 29-30, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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