Washington – Half of American voters believe President Donald Trump is racist, according to the latest Quinnipiac University national poll released Tuesday.

Nationally, 51 percent of those polled said Trump is a racist, and 45 percent said he is not.

The Quinnipiac poll, conducted  just after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified to Congress about his investigation of Russian meddling in U.S. politics, also showed a vast majority of Americans continue to be opposed to the impeachment of the president.

Sixty percent of voters said Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings against Trump.  But those numbers flip among Democrats and black voters.

Sixty-one percent of Democrats told pollsters they support impeaching Trump and 66 percent of black voters said they support impeaching the president.

While most Americans opposed beginning impeachment proceedings, respondents said — 52 – 40 percent — that Trump did attempt to “derail or obstruct” the investigation into the 2016 election, while 56 percent of those polled said that Mueller’s final report did not clear the president of any wrongdoing.

And, the poll found that 71 percent of American voters are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” that a foreign government may try to interfere in the 2020 elections.

The poll’s latest findings track earlier surveys by the university.

“When it comes to the Mueller hearings, minds were not changed on impeachment or that President Trump was cleared of wrongdoing,” said Quinnipiac pollster Mary Snow.

In Connecticut, only one lawmaker, Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, has joined the ranks of House Democrats who support impeachment or beginning the impeachment process through a congressional inquiry of the president’s conduct.

Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, said Tuesday he’s “in total agreement” with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that House Democrats should shun impeachment in favor of its oversight role on the Trump administration while devoting its efforts to working on infrastucture and health care issues that are important to Americans.

“They are kind of fed up with the (partisan) back and forth,” Larson said of American voters.

The Quinnipiac poll also showed there’s a huge opinion gap between white and black voters and between men and women when it comes to Trump and racism.

Forty-six percent of white voters believe Trump is racist, compared to 80 percent of black voters.

Meanwhile, 55 percent of men said Trump is NOT a racist, while 59 percent of women said he is.

“We are seeing these big gaps,” said Snow.

Only 41 percent of those polled believe the president’s immigration policies are motivated by “racists beliefs,” while 49 percent of American voters said Trump’s immigration policies are motivated by “a sincere interest in controlling our borders.”

But Americans said, 51–35 percent, that conditions in immigration detention centers are “inhumane.”

Quinnipiac surveyed voters after Trump made inflammatory comments about four Democratic freshmen lawmakers who are women of color. The poll also surveyed voters over the weekend, after Trump made disparaging remarks about Baltimore, the city’s majority black population, and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who has represented the city in congress since 1996.

Despite those controversies, the university’s latest polling on the president and racism does not differ much from two polls Quinnipiac conducted last year that showed 49 percent of respondents believed Trump was a racist.

But Snow said there has been some movement within subgroups surveyed, with independents now more likely to say the president  is a racist (59 percent) than they were last year and Republicans more likely to say he is not (91 percent.)

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,306 voters nationwide and its poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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  1. Well if he is a racist he is really bad at it. He’s done more for the African American community in 2yrs than the last 3 Presidents combined.

    1. Hi Cindy, in the interest of fostering deeper discussion, can you provide a citation that supports your claim that President Trump has done more for the black community than Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton?

      1. Just looking at the jobs numbers and prison reform are the top 2 that come to mind. Something all those previously promised but did not deliver on; Trump did. I realize supporting our President and pointing out the good he does is not popular in a state like CT, but someone has to.

      2. Cindy, you do realize that unemployment among African-Americans went from 12.7% to 7% under Obama and 7% to 6% under trump, (while this is a historically low number it 1% is lower than 5.7%). Prison reform is also a continuation of Obama policy. African-Americans in prison has declined 31% since 2007. So, by using racist language and trying to incite his white-supremacist base, I think he’s doing a bang-up job as a racist. And to end, the percentage of Americans that now think trump is a racist is higher than when George Wallace was Governor of Alabama…and no one would argue that Wallace wasn’t a racist.

  2. When will we stop all the crap and just get over the fact most people are racist, have said something racist or at least had a racist thought. Trump is 70 and the folks in the greatest generation grew up that way. Get over it. Most people have racial tendencies in them. Like it or not.

    1. Hi Help, as a point of clarification, are you stating that you believe President Trump is a racist, and that it should be an acceptable trait in a president? Just looking to provide clarity before other commenters begin responding.

  3. The media has labelled him a racist. They have especially changed the definition of racism to fit just about everyone. If you call a s-hole city and s-hole city you are a racist if that city happens to be predominantly black. However, the real racist thing to do is to ignore it and leave it alone pretending the s-hole city is fine and noone is suffering, expecting people to believe that Baltimore and Greenwich are indistinguishable. Trump has offereed help let’s see if the city accepts it or continues to proceed as if everything is fine.

    1. Nicolas, I disagree. The media has shown, through audio and video recordings, that the president uses racist language. These are not doctored recordings, they are fact. Imagine these recordings going into the National Archives? They will, as a lesson to future Americans. Please tell me how you think this president will help the people of Baltimore. The fact is, he won’t. Have you ever heard this president denigrating states that have the highest poverty rates in the country? States like TN, SC, OK, AK, AL, and KY (top 6)? No, you haven’t and you know why? They all voted for him in 2016. He spews racist language at a place like Baltimore because he got trounced in the election there. He is a racist and his platform for the 2020 election is to continue to empower his base with his disgusting, racist rhetoric.

  4. 90% of the main stream media spends much of their programming telling America that Trump is a racist. They also state that enforcement of immigration laws is racist. Clearly there is a global effort to eliminate sovereign nations, around the world and Americans can see the twisting that takes place whenever someone supports American sovereignty. No Americans today, of any race can be made responsible for the wrongs that have occurred in history, we all have only one life to live, so we need to stop all this race baiting. Why does The Mirror staff continually try to force commenters to cite references for what they believe, particularly when it doesn’t support their narrative? The media is more biased than anyone I know. My white friends spend their time rooting for Tiger Woods in The Masters, or other Latino or blacks in sports or other ventures. Americans I know are not representative of the country politicians and the media spout about!

    1. America First, you are correct in that no American can be made responsible for the wrongs that have occurred in history, but we must learn from those wrongs. With the leader of our country using racist language and inciting his base, we are going backwards in time. If any person used the racist language that this president has used in their place of work, they would be disciplined, if not fired. Imagine going up to a person of color and telling them to ” Go back where you came from.” And I’m interested in your comment about your,…”white friends rooting for Tiger…”. So because they root for Tiger they of course would not be racist? No, unfortunately this president is empowering those who have been “in the closet” racists to show their true ideals.

      1. You know what’s racist, firing Americans of every background and replacing them with 100% Indian nationals here on guest worker visas. There are jobs the average American citizen can’t even be considered for, many where you must speak Spanish. Why don’t you work on that! As others have commented in this thread, things that are called racist that Trump has said, are not racist at all, just pro American.

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