While presidential nominee Donald Trump gets a bad rap for attracting racist and xenophobic supporters, that doesn’t mean Hillary Clinton supporters are any better.
A recent Reuters poll asked 7,800 Americans to rate black people on a series of personality traits, ranging from their intelligence to their lawfulness. Roughly 1/3 of Trump supporters described black people as “less intelligent” than whites, compared to 1/5 of Hillary Clinton supporters. Among ALL people interviewed, 22.5% suggested white people were smarter than black.
A staggering 40% of Trump supporters believed black people were lazier than white, compared to 25% of Clinton supporters who felt the same. The data shows that while Trump supporters are overwhelmingly the most racist, Clinton supporters are still in hot water.
Real talk, polling showed that HRC people are more aggressive online than Berners. Nina is a class act. https://t.co/qcRKpG1jgD
— Christian (@TalkNerdyToMe72) July 9, 2016
What’s interesting about this particular poll is the kind of questions that were asked. Unlike most major polls that ask how people feel about “race relations in the US”, this poll directly asked people to rate a racial group. These kinds of direct answers point out a key racial component that is otherwise not widely addressed.