Fox News has, on occasion, discovered some pretty interesting things about public opinion. In February of this year, the network’s own polling found that 70 percent of respondents approved of raising taxes on people earning more than $10 million a year. And a quick show of hands during Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s town hall showed that an overwhelming majority of the audience supported Medicare for All.
On Thursday, Fox News put out a new round of polling, finding that a slim majority of respondents approved of Donald Trump’s economic policies (52 percent), while Trump’s approval rating sits at an 46 percent. But the more interesting points came when Fox News asked how people felt about Trump&aposs tweets saying that four minority congresswomen should "go back" where they came from. Sixty-three percent of people answering said that Trump "went too far," while only 27 percent see it as an "acceptable political attack," to use the poll’s own words.
And in response to "Does Trump respect racial minorities?" 52 percent of white respondents and a whopping 73 percent of nonwhites gave a resounding "no." Interestingly, 34 percent of all respondents answered "yes" to that question (brought down from previous polls by a 14 point drop among Republicans), which is well below the 46 percent who have a favorable view of Trump. That suggests there’s a solid contingent of people who both support Trump and believe he’s racist.
There’s no shortage of stories about Trump saying or doing racist things. But we’ve now reached a point where a majority of Americans acknowledge that, even in Fox News’s own polls.
Originally Appeared on GQ