When President Donald Trump uses the term “politically correct,” it’s meant to be an insult — and not one many Americans would redirect at him.
A recent Morning Consult poll shows that a plurality of U.S. adults (45 percent) say Trump is not politically correct enough, while 55 percent say the country has become less politically correct during his administration.
But most of Trump’s supporters don’t see a problem: Sixty-two percent of people who voted for him in November said the president’s political correctness is “about right.” Among Democrats, 67 percent said he’s not politically correct enough.
Forty-eight percent of women and 42 percent of men said Trump is not politically correct enough. No demographic had a plurality or majority saying Trump is too politically correct.
Polling was conducted among a national sample of 2,177 U.S. adults on June 20 and June 21, before Trump tweeted critical remarks about MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski and her physical appearance.
As a candidate, Trump was accused of espousing anti-Muslim views, among other complaints from minority groups. On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to review the White House’s travel ban that was initiated but halted earlier this year, while allowing for a 90-day ban on travelers from six predominantly-Muslim countries to go into effect so long as it exempts people who have a “close familial relationship” with someone in the United States.
Public opinion regarding political correctness shifted in the recent Morning Consult poll when people were asked about the mainstream media, with 41 percent saying the media is too politically correct. Forty-eight percent of men and 35 percent of women agreed with that statement. A plurality of millennials (34 percent) say the media is too politically correct, while 27 percent say it’s “about right” and 27 percent it’s not politically correct enough. Pluralities of other generations also said the media is too politically correct.
Thirty-three percent, a plurality, say corporations are too politically correct, while 35 percent consider sports franchises “about right.” A Morning Consult poll conducted Feb. 2 through Feb. 4 showed poll respondents were split over corporations taking a position on a social or political issue, but were more inclined to say it is inappropriate when a business uses its resources to make its values visible.