More than 8 in 10 black Americans believe that President Donald Trump is a racist and say Trump has made racism a bigger issue in the country, according to a new Washington Post–Ipsos poll published Friday.
Nine in 10 black Americans said they disapprove of the job Trump has done as president so far, according to the poll that was conducted Jan. 2–8 and surveyed 1,088 black adults.
While 65 percent of those surveyed said that they feel optimistic about their lives all or most of the time, 65 percent said they think it is a bad time to be black in America.
Seventy-seven percent of respondents said they believe it is a good time to be white in America.
Just 16 percent of respondents said they think that black children born in the U.S. today have “a good opportunity to achieve a comfortable standard of living,” while 75 percent said they think white children have that opportunity.
Trump regularly touts his accomplishments with the black community while attacking prominent African American leaders as con artists.
In October, Trump attacked civil rights leader Al Sharpton as a “sort of a third-rate con guy” that tricked NBC into giving him a show before attacking CNN’s Van Jones for supposedly not praising him enough for criminal justice reform.
Trump then claimed that African Americans are “just starting to get real credit” for building “this nation.”
“African Americans built this nation,” Trump said at The White House conference hosted by Turning Point USA. “You built this nation. You know, you’re just starting to get real credit for that. Okay? I don’t know if you know that. You’re just starting to get – you built the nation. We all built it. But you were such a massive part of it.”
“Bigger than you were given credit for. Does that make sense? Right?” Trump asked while pointing to an African-American supporter in the crowd.
Fifty-six percent of those surveyed rated the national economy negatively, and 77 percent believed that the president deserves “only some” or “hardly any” credit for the current 5.5 percent unemployment rate among black adults.