Poll: Majority believes Trump is racist

Poll: Majority believes Trump is racist
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A majority of Americans asked in a survey released Wednesday believe that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE is racist, and that his policies have been bad for Muslims and Hispanics.

Overall, 57 percent of respondents said they think Trump is racist, including more than 8 in 10 African-Americans and three-quarters of Hispanics, according to The Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. Nearly half of white adults also said they believe Trump is racist.

The starkest difference in perceptions of Trump as racist was between Democrats and Republicans, at 85 percent and 21 percent, respectively. 


Fifty-seven percent of respondents said that the president's policies have been bad for Muslims, and a nearly identical number — 56 percent — think they have been bad for Hispanics. 

A little less than half of respondents — 47 percent — said Trump's policies have been bad for African-Americans, a view shared by three-quarters of black respondents.

Trump has run up against allegations of racism since the day he launched his campaign, when he described Mexicans crossing the southern border as rapists and drug dealers. During the 2016 campaign, Trump retweeted multiple white supremacists and called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

After a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned violent last year, Trump decried violence on "many sides," including counterprotesters who turned out to oppose racist groups. He also said there were "some very fine people" among the white nationalist marchers.

Accusations of racism re-emerged last month after Trump reportedly demanded to know during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers why the U.S. should admit immigrants from "shithole countries," such as El Salvador, Haiti and some African nations.

Trump has denied allegations of racism, telling reporters last month that he is "the least racist person you have ever interviewed."

The AP/NORC poll surveyed 1,337 adults and was conducted from Feb. 15-19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.