Sixty-eight percent of Americans who are aware of the controversy over President Donald Trump’s tweets telling four minority Democratic congresswomen to go back to their “original” countries call his remarks offensive, according to a USA today/Ipsos Poll released on Wednesday.
However, illustrating the sharp partisan divide and perhaps explaining the reluctance of many Republicans to criticize the president for the remarks, 57 percent of Republicans said they agreed with Trump’s tweets.
This despite the fact that all four of the targeted congresswomen are American citizens and three were born in the U.S.
Other results from the survey indicate:
- Sixty-five percent said that telling minority Americans to "go back where they came from" was a racist statement. Nearly three-fourths of Democrats strongly agreed with that. Republicans said the comment was racist, but by a much narrower margin of 45 percent to 34 percent.
- Seventy-two percent of Democrats and 93 percent of Republicans said they are proud to be an American. However, when asked if they were "proud of America right now," only 29 percent of Democrats agreed, while 75 percent of Republicans said they were.
- Although there was a broad consensus that it was patriotic "to point out where America falls short and try to do better," 52 percent of Republicans said those who criticize the U.S. are "un-American," while only 17 percent of Democrats felt that way.
- Forty-one percent said they had a parent or grandparent who had immigrated, or that they himself had done so. There was no partisan difference on that question, with 45 percent of Democrats answering yes and 43 percent of Republicans.
The poll of 1,005 people, taken online Monday and Tuesday, has a credibility interval of 3.5 percentage points.
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