Blacks Less Deserving Than 'Average Americans,' Trump Supporters Say: Poll

According to President-elect Donald Trump’s voters, Black Americans are less deserving than “average Americans.”

A new HuffPost/YouGov survey asked half of its respondents if they agree or disagree with the statement, “Over the past few years, Blacks have gotten less than they deserve.” Twelve percent of Trump voters said they agree, compared to 32 percent of respondents overall.

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The other half of survey takers were asked if they agreed or disagreed with a slightly different statement: “Over the past few years, average Americans have gotten less than they deserve.” In sharp contrast, 64 percent of Trump voters said they agree, compared to 57 percent of the full sample.

“Over the past few years, Blacks have gotten less than they deserve.”

AgreeDisagreeNeither Agree nor DisagreeNot Sure
Trump Voters12%64%14%1%
Clinton Voters57%14%26%3%
Full Sample32%38%23%7%

“Over the past few years, average Americans have gotten less than they deserve.”

AgreeDisagreeNeither Agree nor DisagreeNot Sure
Trump Voters64%11%22%3%
Clinton Voters57%18%23%2%
Full Sample57%12%27%4%

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The results also show that Trump’s voters largely do not include Blacks in their assessment of an “average American.” That does not come as a shock, though, given that Trump’s victory was propelled thanks to the support of white voters, of which 58 percent voted for Trump and 37 percent voted for his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. All other racial groups voted in favor of Clinton; however, whites constituted the majority of voters. Of all ballots cast, 70 percent were by white voters, 12 percent by Black voters, 11 percent by Hispanic voters, 4 percent by Asian voters and 3 percent by voters of all other races.

Trump’s supporters call themselves the “Silent Majority.” In an op-ed for Fox News titled “A loud cheer for the Silent Majority that lifted Trump to victory,” Todd Starnes, host of Fox News & Commentary, called Trump “a champion for the Silent Majority.” He also sums up the values and attitudes of the Silent Majority:

“It’s time to restore traditional values. It’s time to protect the Constitution. It’s time to defend our sovereignty. It’s time to save unborn babies. It’s time to stand up for the American working man and bring jobs back from China and Mexico. It’s time to eradicate the scourge of ObamaCare. And it’s time to hire the bricklayers so they can start building that giant wall.”

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In 2015, on average, 115 racially motivated hate incidents targeting people of all races occurred every 10 days. In the 10 days following the election, there were more anti-Black incidents alone 187.

Past studies have also shown Trump supporters and voters are less warm regarding diversity issues than Americans overall, particularly when it comes to immigration. Less than half of Trump supporters believe undocumented immigrants are not more likely to commit serious crimes than American citizens, compared to 66 percent of all registered voters. Sixty-six percent of Trump supporters consider immigration a “very big problem.”

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When asked how the United States should effectively deal with illegal immigration, 48 percent said the priority policy should be stronger law enforcement and tightened border security. Just 10 percent said there should be a legal pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and 41 percent said both policies are important.

For respondents who favored both policies, when asked to choose between the two, 78 percent opted for stronger security and border control, compared to 19 percent who felt a pathway to citizenship was most important. Among Clinton supporters, the results were just about the exact opposite, with 80 percent saying a pathway to citizenship is necessary, compared to 19 percent in favor of security and border protections.

In June, a Pew Research Center study found a correlation that links negative feelings regarding diversity as well as Islamophobia to “warm feelings” toward Trump. Sixty percent of respondents who believe the “growing number of newcomers from other countries threatens U.S. values” have warm feelings toward Trump of which 42 percent have very warm feelings toward him. Of those surveyed overall, 77 percent said they agree that the newcomers threaten American values. In contrast, of those who believe newcomers “[strengthen] U.S. society,” only 30 percent have warm feelings toward the GOP candidate compared to 55 percent who have cold feelings.

Overall, those who support Trump tend to be less supportive of diversity. The survey asked if having the majority of the country being Black, Asian and Latino which the Census predicts will be the case over the next three decades is “bad for the country” or “good/neither good nor bad for the country.” For respondents who said it’s bad, nearly 50 percent report very warm feelings for Trump, with an additional 16 percent saying they have warm feelings.

Research has also found that Trump’s supporters are more likely to be motivated by racial resentment and hate even when compared to supporters of other Republican candidates.

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