Poll: Voters OK With a Little Bigotry in President

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Just the right amount?

Almost 60 percent of Republicans say a little bigotry isn’t a “deal killer” in determining who gets their vote for president, and about that same percentage say “it’s not critical” the next president represent all Americans as long as “a good chunk” of Americans are represented, according to the results of the most recent Center for American Politics poll.

The results suggest Republican party leaders and big-money donors face headwinds in their effort to deny the 2016 Republican presidential nomination to real estate mogul Donald Trump, who has been accused of making bigoted and other divisive remarks on the campaign trail.

“The idea that bigotry is a disqualifying attribute in a president is not shared among all Republicans,” says Mark Robertson, research director at the Center for American Politics. “In fact, almost three-quarters of Republican voters say they’re prepared to turn a blind eye to bigotry as long as it’s called something else, like ‘making America strong’ or ‘protecting America’ or ‘taking back America.'”

Linda Preston, a retired school teacher in Ellicott, Indiana, says a lot of bigotry makes her uneasy, but she can live with a little bit of it. “If a candidate wants to wink and nod at certain things, like Mexicans stealing our jobs or blacks getting uppity, I’m OK with that,” she b chartsays. “It’s not like we’re going, ‘Hey, you Mexicans are inferior. Don’t breathe our air.’ We’re just saying, ‘Look, don’t come here and make a lot of noise and hang out at the Laundromat with your seven kids in their Salvation Army hand-me-downs.'”

According to the poll, most Republicans are ‘OK’ with Asians and Jews, because they’re seen as minorities who help build the economy, create jobs, and raise the standard of living for most Americans, although sometimes Jews can be a little pushy. As a result, it’s OK for these minorities to start businesses, oversee others as bosses, run for public office, and own guns. Mexicans, Muslims, and blacks, on the other hand, are not ‘OK,’ because they’re loud, don’t always act like whites are the bosses, and, in the case of Muslims, might be carrying bombs. It’s less OK for these minorities to oversee others as bosses or own guns, although it’s OK for them to start businesses as long as they don’t do it next to a nice store, like a Neiman Marcus or an Eddie Bauer. Next to a Dominos Pizza would be OK.

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