July 30, 2019 - Trump Is Racist, Half Of U.S. Voters Say, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Voters Say Almost 2-1 Don't Impeach President Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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President Donald Trump is racist, American voters say 51 - 45 percent in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

White voters are divided as 46 percent say he is racist and 50 percent say he is not, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds. Trump is racist black voters say 80 - 11 percent and Hispanic voters say 55 - 44 percent. Men say 55 - 41 percent that Trump is not racist. Women say 59 - 36 percent he is racist.

But 49 percent of American voters say President Trump's immigration policies are motivated by "a sincere interest in controlling our borders," while 41 percent say his immigration policies are motivated by "racist beliefs."

Voters say 60 - 32 percent that Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. Support for starting impeachment proceedings is 61 - 29 percent among Democrats and 66 - 23 percent among black voters, but every other listed party, gender, education, age and racial group is opposed.

Still, voters say 52 - 40 percent that Trump attempted to "derail or obstruct" the investigation into the 2016 election and say 56 - 31 percent that the Mueller Report did not clear the president of any wrongdoing.

A total of 71 percent of American voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" that a foreign government may try to interfere in the 2020 elections.

"While half of voters think President Donald Trump is racist, religion shows an even bigger divide. Only 21 percent of white Evangelicals believe the President is racist. Compare that to 63 percent of voters who don't affiliate with any organized religion," said Mary Snow, polling analyst for the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"When it comes to the Mueller hearings, minds were not changed on impeachment or that President Trump was cleared of wrongdoing."

"One thing is clear: there is near unanimous support for requiring political campaigns to report any information they receive from foreign governments to the FBI," Snow added.

American voters say 59 - 31 percent that Congress should pass additional laws to protect the 2020 U.S. elections from foreign interference. Republicans say 54 - 34 percent that current laws are enough, the only listed group to believe that.

Voters support 87 - 7 percent, including 80 - 11 percent among Republicans, requiring political campaigns to report to the FBI any information they receive from a foreign government.

And voters say 78 - 13 percent it is never acceptable for a presidential campaign to obtain information on a political opponent from a hostile foreign power.

Immigration Detention Centers

Immigration is good for the country, voters say 70 - 17 percent. On other immigration issues, voters say:
  • 51 - 35 percent that conditions in immigration detention centers are "inhumane;"
  • 68 - 23 percent that conditions in immigration detention centers are a "serious problem;"
  • 62 - 29 percent that the federal government is not doing enough to ensure humane conditions in immigration detention centers.
If immigration detention centers are overcrowded, undocumented immigrants should be released, even if there is a risk they won't return, 53 percent of voters say, as 31 percent say keep undocumented immigrants in detention, even if it causes overcrowding and bad conditions.

Death Penalty

Life in prison with no chance of parole should be the sentence for someone convicted of murder, 54 percent of American voters say, while 33 percent prefer the death penalty. This is the largest measure of support for life without parole over the death penalty ever measured in a Quinnipiac University National Poll. But voters say 58 - 35 percent they would not like to see the death penalty abolished nationwide.

From July 25 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,306 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points, including the design effect.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts gold standard surveys using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts nationwide surveys and polls in more than a dozen states on national and statewide elections, as well as public policy issues.

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8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              14%    12%    17%    13%    13%    14%    12%    14%
Disapprove           77     82     74     75     81     73     82     80
DK/NA                 9      6      8     11      6     12      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              17%    17%    12%    11%    13%    14%    13%    17%    20%
Disapprove           72     70     85     78     83     79     81     67     65
DK/NA                11     12      4     10      4      7      6     17     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jul 30, 2019         14      77       9
Sep 12, 2018         18      72      10
Aug 15, 2018         15      78       7
Jul 02, 2018         15      78       7
Jun 06, 2018         13      78       9
Apr 11, 2018         12      81       7
Mar 07, 2018         13      80       6
Feb 07, 2018         15      77       8
Jan 18, 2018         16      78       6
Dec 19, 2017         13      79       8
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9. Do you think the lack of civility in politics today is a serious problem or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Serious problem  88%    85%    90%    91%    84%    92%    91%    87%
No                    8     12      7      6     13      4      7      9
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      3      4      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Serious problem  78%    92%    91%    90%    85%    93%    89%    86%    87%
No                   17      5      7      6     13      5      8      5     11
DK/NA                 5      4      2      4      2      3      2      9      2
 
TREND: Do you think the lack of civility in politics today is a serious problem or don't you think so?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Jul 30, 2019         88       8       3
Jul 03, 2018         91       7       2
 
 
10. Who do you blame more for the lack of civility in politics today: President Trump or the Democrats?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
President Trump      45%     6%    86%    43%    37%    53%    52%    37%
Democrats            34     77      4     28     41     29     33     45
DK/NA                20     17     10     29     22     19     15     18
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
President Trump      42%    45%    49%    47%    36%    51%    44%    61%    43%
Democrats            28     33     36     39     45     34     39      7     34
DK/NA                30     22     15     14     18     15     17     31     23
 
TREND: Who do you blame more for the lack of civility in politics today: President Trump or the Democrats?
                     Trump   Dems    DK/NA
 
Jul 30, 2019         45      34      20
Jul 03, 2018         47      37      16
 
 
11. Do you think that the way people talk about politics these days is contributing to violence in the U.S., or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Contributes      71%    64%    80%    68%    68%    73%    68%    70%
Doesn't contribute   25     32     16     29     29     22     27     25
DK/NA                 5      5      5      3      4      5      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Contributes      72%    68%    71%    72%    65%    73%    69%    74%    70%
Doesn't contribute   25     27     25     20     31     22     26     21     26
DK/NA                 2      4      4      8      4      5      5      5      4
 
TREND: Do you think that the way people talk about politics these days is contributing to violence in the U.S., or don't you think so?
                     Yes/    Doesn't
                     Contrib Contrib DK/NA
 
Jul 30, 2019         71      25       5
Nov 21, 2018         65      28       6
Nov 22, 2017         69      27       4
Jun 28, 2017         79      17       4           
 
 
12. How concerned are you that a foreign government may try to interfere in the 2020 elections; very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned, or not concerned at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very concerned       45%    18%    72%    44%    36%    52%    50%    38%
Smwht concerned      26     33     19     26     24     27     23     28
Not so concerned     15     23      5     18     19     11     14     19
Not concerned at all 13     25      4     12     19      9     12     15
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very concerned       29%    46%    49%    56%    37%    50%    44%    67%    28%
Smwht concerned      34     19     26     23     21     28     25     17     37
Not so concerned     21     21     12      9     22     11     16      9     18
Not concerned at all 13     14     12     11     19      9     14      4     17
DK/NA                 2      -      1      2      1      1      1      3      -
 
 
13. Do you think that Congress should be passing additional laws to protect the 2020 U.S. elections from foreign interference, or do you think that the current laws are good enough?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Pass additional laws 59%    34%    87%    55%    53%    64%    60%    52%
Current laws enough  31     54     10     33     39     25     28     38
DK/NA                10     12      3     12      8     12     12     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Pass additional laws 59%    58%    60%    60%    49%    61%    56%    78%    53%
Current laws enough  29     33     34     27     43     26     33     14     40
DK/NA                11      9      7     14      8     13     11      7      7
 
 
14. Do you support or oppose requiring political campaigns to report any information they receive from foreign governments to the FBI?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              87%    80%    93%    90%    86%    88%    89%    89%
Oppose                7     11      4      4      9      5      6      5
DK/NA                 6      8      2      6      6      7      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              88%    88%    86%    88%    88%    90%    89%    85%    85%
Oppose                6      6      9      6      8      5      6      7     12
DK/NA                 6      5      5      6      5      6      5      8      3
 
 
15. Overall, do you believe that immigration is good for the country or bad for the country?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Good                 70%    49%    87%    75%    70%    70%    77%    65%
Bad                  17     32      7     13     18     16     13     23
DK/NA                13     19      6     12     12     14     10     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good                 79%    74%    69%    64%    72%    69%    70%    74%    72%
Bad                  10     12     21     21     19     18     19     15     14
DK/NA                11     15     10     16      9     12     11     10     14
 
TREND: Overall, do you believe that immigration is good for the country or bad for the country?
                     Good    Bad     DK/NA
 
Jul 30, 2019         70      17      13
Jan 29, 2019         75      14      11
Jan 14, 2019         73      16      12
 
 
16. What do you think is the main motive behind President Trump's immigration policies: a sincere interest in controlling our borders, or racist beliefs?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Sincere interest     49%    93%    12%    48%    57%    42%    46%    59%
Racist beliefs       41      4     77     42     33     48     46     31
DK/NA                10      4     10     10     10     10      8     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Sincere interest     47%    49%    48%    49%    60%    47%    53%    20%    53%
Racist beliefs       38     43     44     42     30     45     38     67     38
DK/NA                15      8      8     10     10      8      9     13      9
 
TREND: What do you think is the main motive behind President Trump's immigration policies: a sincere interest in controlling our borders, or racist beliefs?
                     Sincere Racist
                     Intrst  Beliefs DK/NA
 
Jul 30, 2019         49      41      10
Nov 21, 2018         50      41       9
Jul 03, 2018         50      44       6
 
 
17. Do you think that the conditions in immigration detention centers are a serious problem, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Serious problem  68%    42%    91%    68%    61%    75%    69%    63%
No                   23     43      4     24     32     15     23     26
DK/NA                 9     14      5      8      8     10      9     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Serious problem  70%    66%    68%    73%    59%    71%    65%    84%    72%
No                   18     26     25     18     32     18     25      7     25
DK/NA                12      8      6      9      9     11     10     10      2
 
 
18. Do you think that the federal government is doing enough to ensure humane conditions in immigration detention centers, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Doing enough     29%    58%     6%    25%    34%    23%    29%    35%
No                   62     31     90     64     57     67     63     55
DK/NA                 9     11      4     11      9      9      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Doing enough     22%    29%    33%    29%    37%    28%    32%    11%    28%
No                   69     63     61     61     54     63     59     79     65
DK/NA                 9      8      7     10     10      9      9     10      6
 
 
19. Do you think that the conditions in immigration detention centers are inhumane, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Inhumane         51%    13%    86%    51%    45%    55%    52%    44%
No                   35     70      8     33     44     28     34     42
DK/NA                14     18      6     16     11     17     14     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Inhumane         62%    50%    47%    48%    42%    52%    48%    77%    53%
No                   28     37     38     37     46     32     38     10     34
DK/NA                11     13     15     15     12     16     14     12     13
 
 
20. Which comes closer to your point of view: A) it is better to keep all undocumented immigrants in detention centers, even if it causes overcrowding and bad conditions, or B) it is better to allow some undocumented immigrants to be released under supervision if there is not sufficient room, even if it means some of them will not return for their court dates?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Keep even if causes 
bad conditions       31%    62%     5%    30%    38%    25%    29%    39%
Release if no room/
may not return       53     17     89     52     49     57     61     42
DK/NA                16     21      5     19     13     18     11     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Keep even if causes 
bad conditions       24%    32%    35%    31%    41%    29%    34%    10%    33%
Release if no room/
may not return       64     54     51     50     47     55     51     71     62
DK/NA                13     14     13     19     12     16     15     18      5
 
 
21. Do you think that Congress should begin the process to impeach President Trump, which could lead to his removal from office, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Begin process    32%     3%    61%    28%    26%    38%    31%    27%
No                   60     95     29     62     70     51     63     66
DK/NA                 8      1      9      9      4     11      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Begin process    36%    33%    34%    29%    23%    34%    29%    66%    30%
No                   58     57     61     64     74     57     64     23     67
DK/NA                 5     11      5      7      3      9      6     11      3
 
TREND: Do you think that Congress should begin the process to impeach President Trump, which could lead to his removal from office, or don't you think so?
                     Yes/
                     Begin   No      DK/NA
 
Jul 30, 2019         32      60       8
Jun 12, 2019         33      61       6
May 02, 2019         29      66       4
Mar 05, 2019         35      59       7
Dec 19, 2018         35      60       5          
 
 
22. Do you think that the Mueller report cleared President Trump of any wrongdoing, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Cleared          31%    66%     4%    29%    36%    26%    31%    40%
No                   56     18     86     59     52     58     61     46
DK/NA                14     16      9     12     11     16      8     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Cleared          25%    32%    34%    33%    40%    30%    35%    10%    25%
No                   61     55     56     54     49     58     54     74     58
DK/NA                14     13     10     14     10     12     11     17     17
 
TREND: Do you think that the Mueller report cleared President Trump of any wrongdoing, or don't you think so?
                     Yes/
                     Cleared No      DK/NA
 
Jul 30, 2019         31      56      14
Jun 12, 2019         35      55      11
May 02, 2019         38      51      11                
 
 
23. Do you believe that President Trump has attempted to derail or obstruct the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Attempted        52%     7%    90%    58%    49%    56%    57%    40%
No                   40     87      4     34     47     34     39     51
DK/NA                 8      6      6      8      5     11      5      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Attempted        62%    51%    53%    49%    44%    51%    48%    80%    54%
No                   31     40     41     44     52     39     45      6     40
DK/NA                 7      8      6      7      4      9      7     14      6
 
TREND: Do you believe that President Trump has attempted to derail or obstruct the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election, or not?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Jul 30, 2019         52      40       8 
May 02, 2019         54      42       4
Feb 06, 2018         53      41       6 
Jan 11, 2018         56      39       6
Dec 12, 2017         57      38       5
Nov 15, 2017         53      43       4 
Aug 24, 2017         56      38       6
Aug 16, 2017         57      38       6
Aug 02, 2017         58      37       4 
Jun 29, 2017         55      41       4   
 
  
24. Do you think it is ever acceptable for a presidential campaign to obtain information on a political opponent from a hostile foreign power, or do you think that is never acceptable?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Acceptable           13%    22%     4%    14%    19%     9%    13%    13%
Never acceptable     78     64     92     76     74     81     79     76
DK/NA                 9     14      4      9      8     10      8     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Acceptable           16%    17%    11%    10%    18%     9%    13%     7%    22%
Never acceptable     76     77     81     79     75     80     78     84     76
DK/NA                 8      6      8     11      8     10      9      8      2
 
TREND: Do you think it is ever acceptable for a presidential campaign to obtain information on a political opponent from a hostile foreign power, or do you think that is never acceptable?
                     Accept- Never
                     able    Accept  DK/NA
 
Jul 30, 2019         13      78       9
Aug 14, 2018         12      79       9
 
 
25. Which punishment do you prefer for people convicted of murder: the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Death penalty        33%    57%    13%    34%    41%    27%    28%    44%
Life/No parole       54     29     79     51     47     60     63     44
DK/NA                13     13      8     15     13     13     10     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Death penalty        29%    35%    35%    31%    43%    31%    36%    13%    35%
Life/No parole       59     51     54     56     47     59     53     73     51
DK/NA                12     13     12     13     10     11     11     15     14
 
                     RELIGION.................
                     Wht                         ATTEND SRVCS
                     Evang  Prot   Cath   None   Weekly Less
 
Death penalty        49%    40%    33%    29%    33%    33%
Life/No parole       40     46     58     58     53     55
DK/NA                12     14      9     13     14     12
 
TREND: Which punishment do you prefer for people convicted of murder: the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?
                     Death   Life
                     Pen     NoPar   DK/NA
 
Jul 30, 2019         33      54      13 
Mar 22, 2018         37      51      12
Jun 01, 2015         43      48       9
May 02, 2013         48      43       9 
Jul 17, 2008         47      44       9
Dec 15, 2004         42      46      12             
 
 
26. Would you like to see the death penalty abolished nationwide, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Abolished        35%    10%    59%    35%    30%    39%    42%    27%
No                   58     86     33     59     66     51     54     68
DK/NA                 7      4      8      6      4      9      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Abolished        35%    30%    39%    37%    30%    38%    34%    53%    29%
No                   55     62     57     57     65     58     61     34     62
DK/NA                10      8      3      6      5      4      5     13      8
 
                     RELIGION.................
                     Wht                         ATTEND SRVCS
                     Evang  Prot   Cath   None   Weekly Less
 
Yes/Abolished        17%    26%    35%    41%    31%    37%
No                   78     68     58     53     61     57
DK/NA                 5      7      7      6      8      6
 
TREND: Would you like to see the death penalty abolished nationwide, or not?
                     Yes/
                     Abolish No      DK/NA
 
Jul 30, 2019         35      58       7
Mar 22, 2018         31      64       5 
 
 
27. Do you think President Trump is racist, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Racist           51%     8%    86%    56%    41%    59%    54%    39%
No                   45     91      9     38     55     36     43     57
DK/NA                 5      1      5      6      4      5      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Racist           53%    51%    52%    51%    38%    53%    46%    80%    55%
No                   41     46     45     46     58     44     50     11     44
DK/NA                 6      3      3      4      4      3      4      9      1
 
                     RELIGION.................
                     Wht                         ATTEND SRVCS
                     Evang  Prot   Cath   None   Weekly Less
 
Yes/Racist           21%    42%    48%    63%    41%    54%
No                   76     55     50     30     54     42
DK/NA                 3      3      2      7      5      4
 
TREND: Do you think President Trump is racist, or don't you think so?
                     Yes/
                     Racist  No      DK/NA
 
Jul 29, 2019         51      45       5
Jul 03, 2018         49      47       4
Feb 07, 2018         49      46       6