To opponents of the President, this ballot might not be stunning. However give it some thought for a second. This is not simply the traditional opposition you’d anticipate to a president. This can be a majority of voters saying their president is a racist.
Examine these numbers to a Harris ballot from September 1968. Former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, a segregationist, was operating for president as an opponent to the Civil Rights motion. As he campaigned, 41% agreed when requested whether or not Wallace was a racist. That was principally even with the 40% who disagreed with the assertion.
There are just a few methods to take a look at these numbers, and none are complementary to Trump. You possibly can say that extra voters consider Trump is racist than believed a segregationist operating for president in 1968 was. You would be beneficiant to Trump and say that the unfold between racist and never a racist (5 factors in Trump’s case and 1 level in Wallace’s case) is nearer as a result of extra voters have been undecided on Wallace. Even so, the online margin for Trump being a racist is wider than it was in Wallace’s case.
Maybe, the one little bit of first rate information for Trump in these numbers is that they’re pretty steady. Even earlier than Trump’s most up-to-date feedback, many citizens thought he was racist. In the summertime of 2018, 49% of voters mentioned Trump was racist in a Quinnipiac ballot. This was barely greater than the 47% who mentioned he wasn’t racist.
Nonetheless, the newest polling signifies that the President was mistaken if he thought the newest assaults have been going to assist him. We do not simply see that the President’s assaults have been an electoral angle within the query about racism; we see it in Trump’s approval scores as nicely.
It should not be too stunning that Trump’s approval ranking has not gone up. Not solely has his approval ranking been steadier than any president in polling historical past, however we have seen him beforehand make use of related ways that he did in his racist tweets. These strategies haven’t moved the numbers.