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Most Americans think Trump is racist, poll finds

Majority say his policies bad for Muslims, Hispanics, AP poll says

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By Mike Murphy


Reuters
President Donald Trump has said he’s “the least racist person.”

A majority of Americans think President Donald Trump is a racist, according to a new poll released Wednesday, and that his policies have made things worse for Muslims and Hispanics.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Wednesday found 57% of Americans — and almost half of all whites — believe Trump is racist. More than 80% of African Americans and more than 75% of Hispanics said he was racist.

The poll found 57% thought the Trump administration’s policies have been bad for Muslims, and 56% said they were bad for Hispanics. Almost half said his policies were bad for African Americans, although that number was 75% among African Americans polled.

There is a stark partisan difference: 85% of Democrats believe Trump is racist, while only 21% of Republicans agree, the poll found.

About half of those polled — including about two-thirds of African Americans — agreed that race relations were getting worse since Trump took office. More than 90% of African Americans disapprove of Trump’s job performance and think the country is headed in the wrong direction, the poll found.

Among whites, 45% approved of Trump’s performance, and just 35% think the country’s direction is improving.

Trump has faced charges that he’s racist since his campaign began, when he described Mexicans as rapists and drug dealers. As president, he has, among other things, attempted to ban travelers from majority Muslim countries, called for a border wall, targeted undocumented immigrants for deportation and reportedly called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries.”

“I’m not a racist,” President Donald Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago estate in January. “I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you.”

The poll was conducted among 1,337 adults and had a sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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