Breitbart News Poll: Plurality Says Hillary Clinton’s ‘Basket of Deplorables’ Comment Is a ‘Major Issue’
A month after Secretary Hillary Clinton dismissed supporters of Donald Trump’s campaign as a “basket of deplorables,” a plurality of voters in the new Breitbart/Gravis poll believe it is a “major issue.”
“You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” Clinton said on September 9. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that.”
Forty-four percent of polled registered voters called Clinton’s comments a major issue, while 37 percent said it was not a major issue, and 19 percent were unsure.
The respondents were asked “Which of the following is closest to your opinion of Hillary Clinton’s comments calling half of Donald Trump’s supporters a ‘basket of deplorables’ and calling them ‘racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.'”
Polled voters also appeared split when asked if her comments reflected contempt for the average American. Forty-six percent said they did, while 44 percent said they didn’t. Ten percent said they were unsure.
But 66 percent of voters agreed that her comments were shared by those in the political establishment and the mainstream media. Only 17 percent said that the political establishment and media didn’t share those views, while 17 percent said they were unsure.