Fox viewers skeptical of calling people 'racist', and other takeaways from the USA TODAY/Ipsos poll on Trump's tweets

Nicholas Wu
The House voted to kill a measure seeking to impeach President Donald Trump – the first vote on such a measure since Democrats took the majority and since the release of former special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

WASHINGTON – A new USA TODAY/Ipsos poll finds that a majority of Americans think President Donald Trump's tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen to "go back" to other countries are "un-American."

It is largely believed that Trump was referring to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-,Minn., Ayanna Pressley D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. Three of them were born in the United States. Omar was born in Somalia and came as a refugee to the United States. 

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted along party lines to formally rebuke Trump's comments. Only four Republican representatives joined all Democrats to condemn the remarks.

Perhaps explaining this partisan divide in Congress, most Republicans polled said they agreed with his comments. Among Republicans, 57% said they agreed with Trump's tweets that told the congresswomen to go back to their "original" countries, and a third "strongly" agreed with them.

Here are other key takeaways from the USA TODAY/Ipsos poll. 

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More older Americans say they are 'proud of America right now'

Fifty-five percent of Americans over the age of 55 say they are "proud of America right now," in contrast with 42% of Americans aged 18-34. 

Wealthier Americans follow a similar divide on the question. Fifty-seven percent of Americans with a household income of over $100,000 a year say they are "proud of America right now," in contrast to 43% of Americans with household incomes under $50,000 a year. 

Is telling minority Americans to 'go back where they came from' a racist statement? 

A majority of respondents said that telling minority Americans to "go back where they came from" was a racist statement, but there were some splits by partisanship. Nearly three-quarters of women said the tweets were racist, and 58% of men said they were racist statements. Twentry-one percent of men said they were not racist. 

There was also a divide among respondents based on their most trusted news source. For those who listed Fox News as their most trusted source, fewer than half (46%) said the statement was racist, but 84% of those who said CNN or MSNBC was their most trusted news source said the statement was racist. 

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Fox viewers skeptical of calling people 'racist'

Seventy-seven percent of those who said Fox News was their most trusted news source said the "people who call others 'racist' usually do so in bad faith." Only 28% of respondents who trusted CNN or MSNBC the most, and 43% of those who trusted ABC, NBC, or CBS the most answered the same way. 

Fox viewers said the tweets were not offensive 

Fifty-one percent of Fox viewers disagreed with the statement "President Trump's tweets were offensive", and 26% agreed. Overwhelming majorities of those who watched CNN and MSBNC (94%) or ABC, NBC, and CBS (82%) said the tweets were offensive. 

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Racial divides over Trump's tweets

Fifty percent of white people agreed that Trump's tweets were "un-American," in contrast with 77% of respondents of other races. Thirty-six percent of white people disagreed, and 16% of nonwhite people. 

Sixty-eight percent of Fox viewers said the tweets were not un-American. Eighty-eight percent of CNN or MSNBC viewers said they were un-American. 

The USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll of 1,005 people, taken online Monday and Tuesday, has a credibility interval of 3.5 percentage points.

Contributing: Susan Page

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