Results From This Grinnell College Poll Devastate Lie That Trumpers Are Racist
It doesn’t take much effort to find a leftist or a Democrat raging about President Donald Trump and his supporters all being racists. It doesn’t matter how much of a stretch it has to be. If Trump and his supporters can be painted as racist, it shall be done.
It’s a common accusation among the anti-Trump crowd, especially in light of the border wall fight that has ground some parts of the government to a stop. Apparently, it’s racist to want secure borders and improved national security.
Here’s the problem: There’s overwhelming data that suggests otherwise.
The latest bit of data that disproves that Trump supporters are racist comes from Grinell College.
A fascinating November poll conducted by the liberal arts college in Iowa showed that people who want improved immigration measures and security are hardly the racist stereotype being peddled by the left.
As Alan Tonelson, an American Research Fellow at the U.S. Business and Industry Council Educational Foundation, astutely points out, a Grinell poll should hardly be accepted as the final verdict. But Tonelson also notes that allegations of racism against “immigration realists looks weaker than ever.”
To be fair, an immigration realist may not necessarily support Trump, as there are the rarest of Democrats who actually believe in border security. But Trump’s stunning 2016 election win was carried in no small part by massive promises of immigration reform and border security. Not every immigration realist may be a Trump supporter, but an overwhelming majority of Trump supporters are immigration realists.
Given that, the Grinnell College poll may not obliterate the narrative that Trump supporters are racist, but it certainly takes a mighty big hatchet to it.
Starting at page 80 of the poll, the raw data paints a telling picture.
Take, for example, the responses of Trump voters and Hillary Clinton voters when asked if they would like to see increased, decreased or the same amount of immigration from Mexico.
Eleven percent of Trump voters wanted an increase compared to 36 percent for Clinton voters. Comparatively, 40 percent of Trump voters and 8 percent of Clinton voters wanted a decrease. Forty-six percent of Trump voters compared to 54 percent of Clinton voters wanted Mexican immigration to remain the same.
Compare those numbers to how Trump and Clinton voters felt about immigrants from a predominantly white Europe. Thirteen percent of Trump voters want more European immigrants, 18 percent of them wanted fewer European immigrants and 64 percent wanted the same. Meanwhile, 23 percent of Clinton voters wanted an increase, 5 percent wanted a decrease and 66 percent wanted the same.
A glance at the numbers in regards to Africa paints a familiar picture. Ten percent of Trump supporters want an increase of African immigrants, 24 percent want a decrease and 60 percent want the same. Thirty-five percent of Clinton voters want an increase, 3 percent want a decrease and 58 percent want the same.
Those numbers generally carry across all regions and countries that are part of the poll. Overall, most Trump voters seem fine with the same amount of immigration, fewer of them want immigration decreases, and even fewer of them want immigration increases.
Color of skin and the region people hail from has nothing to do with it.
If Trump voters were motivated by racism, they would be in favor of higher immigration from white areas of the world and demanding cuts in immigration from other regions. The poll shows that’s not happening. What is happening is that Trump voters simply want less rampant immigration, or at the very least, want immigration to stay where it is.
Most of all — and Americans don’t need any polls to tell them this by now — Trump voters want immigration that’s operated in accordance with the rule of law.
That’s something Democrats spent the eight years of the Obama administration flouting, and the two years of the Trump administration actively fighting.
Leftists will likely find some way to twist that into allegations of racism, but the truth of the matter is that using immigrant acceptance as a proxy for racism is inherently absurd.
It’s possible to believe that all people, regardless of skin color or religion, are created equal and deserve to be treated as such, while still wanting improved border security and immigration reform.
Unfortunately, we’re dealing with facts and not feelings, so that will probably be lost on leftists.
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