Voters Split on Implications of Roseanne Remark

Vast majority agrees comment was racist
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A majority of registered voters in a recent survey said that they support ABC's decision to cancel its reboot hit, Roseanne, after its star's racist tweet, though among Republicans, a majority of those polled said they do not.

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Voters were about equally split when asked whether racist remarks indicate the speaker is racist.

That is according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll of 1,990 registered voters conducted May 31-June 4.

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The poll found that 57% of voters support ABC's decision versus 32% who do not.

The vast majority (77%) agreed Roseanne Barr's tweet about Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was racist (only 13% said it was not). But they were less in agreement on what that meant.

Of those polled, 45% said that racist remarks usually mean the person making them is a racist, but 44% said that is not necessarily the case.

ABC's decision to pull the show from its fall lineup was supported by 57% of respondents overall, but among Republicans, 56% opposed the move. Both Barr, the actress, and Roseanne, her character, support Trump.

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Whether voters thought the tweet was racist varied somewhat by respondents' vantage point. Nine of 10 African Americans (91%) said it was, along with 83% of Hispanics and 75% of whites. Two-thirds (66%) of Republicans agreed.

Among all voters, 68% said racism is a major problem in the U.S., but respondents definitely split along party lines, with 86% of Democrats agreeing vs. 48% of Republicans.

The online poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus two percentage points.

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