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A really super surprising poll conducted by the Huffington Post and YouGov finds that Trump voters think black Americans are "less deserving" than "average Americans," i.e., white people.

The survey presented two statements to two groups of respondents: “Over the past few years, blacks have gotten less than they deserve,” and “Over the past few years, average Americans have gotten less than they deserve.”


While a majority of the 1,000 people polled agreed with the latter statement, only 32% agreed with the former. White people, and more notably Trump supporters, were more likely to think that average Americans were falling short in getting their just dues. African Americans and Clinton voters, on the other hand, were equally likely to agree that that both black Americans and average Americans had gotten less than they deserved.

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One reason for the disparity could be due to what psychologists call "ultimate attribution error," which means that the struggle of white people tends to get attributed to external or situational factors. For example: "Our jobs are being outsourced!" But attitudes about people of color are seen as innate: "Mexicans are rapists!" and "Blacks are lazy!"

The most relevant part of this whole thing, though, is that Trump voters simply don't believe that black Americans deserve the same things that they do.


Here's why, from Huffington Post:

It appears, then, that Trump voters weren’t simply motivated by their widespread belief that average Americans are being left behind. Rather, their strong suspicion that African Americans are getting too much—a belief held by the overwhelming majority of Trump voters—was a much stronger predictor of their vote choices in last month’s election.


Collier Meyerson is a reporter at Fusion with a focus on race and politics. She lives in Brooklyn.

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