Poll: 56 percent say telling minorities to 'go back' is racist
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A majority of voters said in a new poll that telling people of color to "go back" to their countries is racist following President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE's comments targeting four minority congresswomen. 

The Fox News poll released Wednesday found that 56 percent of respondents believe telling people of color to "go back" is racist, while 23 percent said it is not and 18 percent said it depends.  

A majority, 63 percent, also said that Trump's tweets about the progressive congresswomen crossed the line, while 27 percent found them to be an acceptable political attack. A significant number of Republicans, 33 percent, joined 88 percent of Democrats in saying the tweets crossed the line.


Most voters disapprove of how the president handles race relations, with 32 percent approving and 57 percent disapproving. The 25-point gap is only slightly higher than the 22-point gap on the issue in an October poll. 

Fifty-seven percent, including 73 percent of nonwhite respondents, also said they do not believe Trump respects racial minorities. 

Researchers surveyed 1,004 registered voters July 21-23. The poll has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. 

The poll follows Trump's attacks on Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHarry Styles hits back at criticism over wearing dress on Vogue cover 'It's not a slogan': Progressives push back on Obama's comments on 'defund the police' movement Obama says Democrats should make sure Ocasio-Cortez has a platform MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar'It's not a slogan': Progressives push back on Obama's comments on 'defund the police' movement Meet the three Democrats who could lead foreign affairs in the House Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna Pressley'It's not a slogan': Progressives push back on Obama's comments on 'defund the police' movement Overnight Health Care: CDC panel recommends who gets vaccine first | McConnell offering new relief bill | Hahn downplays White House meeting on vaccines Louisville mayor declares racism a public health crisis MORE (D-Mass.), in which he suggested they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Three of the lawmakers were born in the U.S. and one, Omar, came to the U.S. as a refugee. All are U.S. citizens. 

The House voted largely along party lines to condemn the tweets as racist, with a handful of Republicans and an Independent joining Democrats in the rebuke.