Poll: Majority think Trump's judge comments racist
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Most Americans find Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE's comments about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel racist, a new poll shows.

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Trump called Curiel’s Hispanic heritage “an absolute conflict” in three Trump University civil fraud lawsuits against the billionaire.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said Curiel’s “Mexican heritage" prevents him from being impartial toward Trump because of the presumptive GOP nominee's calls for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Curiel was born in Indiana to Mexican immigrant parents. 

The majority of Americans — 51 percent — think Trump's comments were racist, according to a YouGov poll. 

Broken down by party, 81 percent of Democrats found Trump's comments racist, while 22 percent of Republicans thought they were.

Meanwhile, 43 percent of Republicans thought Trump was right to complain about the judge, compared to 8 percent of Democrats. 

Among Hispanics, 69 percent thought the comments were racist, while 15 percent did not. Among whites, 43 percent thought Trump's comments were racist, while 40 percent did not. 

The poll surveyed 1,000 people from June 6 to 8, with a margin of error of 4 percentage points. 

Trump has refused to walk back his remark, opening a major divide between himself and senior GOP leaders.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThree-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas Republicans pour cold water on Trump's term limit idea MORE (R-Wis.) Tuesday said Trump's criticisms of Curiel are "the textbook definition of racist comments" and should be "absolutely disavowed."