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Clinton said half of Trump's supporters are bigoted. Here's what the data actually says

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Clinton said half of Trump's supporters are bigoted. Here's what the data actually says

Watch: Clinton says half of Trump supporters fall into "basket of deplorables" 

Hillary Clinton came under intense scrutiny on Saturday for saying half of Donald Trump's supporters fell into what she called "a basket of deplorables" -- people who are "racist, sexist, homophonic, xenophonic, Islamophobic, you name it." 

She later issued an apology, saying she regretted deeming "half" of Trump's supporters racist. But the sentiment, she said, remained true -- that Trump has used  "bigotry and racist rhetoric" throughout the campaign, and that that rhetoric has inspired some of his supporters.

But what does the data actually say about Trump backers? 


Clinton is far from the first to accuse Trump supporters of bigotry. Because of that, some polling has been done on what Trump and Clinton supporters think about members of minority communities. 

A Reuters poll from July, for example, attempted to map out the racial attitudes of people who support Clinton, Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, respectively.

That poll found that out of all the candidates, Trump supporters were the mostly likely to describe blacks negatively relative to whites.

Here's the above-referenced poll. 

The Reuters poll specifically found that nearly 50 percent of Trump supporters believe black people to be more violent than white people. A little over 30 percent of Clinton supporters said the same thing.

Forty percent of Trump supporters also said they viewed black people as "more lazy" than white people. A little over 20 percent of Clinton supporters said the same thing.

This isn't the only poll, however, to have mapped out presidential candidate supporters' attitudes toward race. 


A Public Policy Polling survey of South Carolina voters from February showed Trump supporters had a more negative attitude toward Muslims and the religion of Islam than Clinton supporters in that state.

According to that poll, 33 percent of Trump supporters in South Carolina think practicing Islam should be illegal in the United States; 40 percent support shutting down all the mosques in America; and 62 percent support a national database of Muslim-Americans.

A PRRI poll found anti-Islam sentiments from Trump backers -- but also Americans in general.

Of course, all that polling is not enough to make a wide generalization about all of Trump's supporters -- something Clinton said she regretted in her Saturday statement. 

"Last night I was 'grossly generalistic,' and that's never a good idea," she said.

Trump, however, hit back hard, saying in a Saturday statement that Clinton's comments were "disgraceful." 

"For the first time in a long while, her true feelings came out, showing bigotry and hatred for millions of Americans," Trump said. 

How can she be President of our country when she has such contempt and disdain for so many great Americans?
Donald Trump

"Hillary Clinton should be ashamed of herself, and this proves beyond a doubt that she is unfit and incapable to serve as President of the United States," Trump added. "I will be President for all of the people, and together we will Make America Great Again."

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