Mehdi Hasan says in this UpFront video at 1.30:

Other studies found a strong relationship between anti-Black attitudes and support for Trump. With Trump supporters more likely to describe African Americans as "criminal, unintelligent, lazy and violent" ... with a majority of them rating blacks as less evolved than whites

Do majority of Trump supporters think that black people are less evolved than white people?

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    What is a "Trump supporter"? Someone who voted for Trump? Someone who goes to pro-Trump rallies? Someone who post pro-Trump material on social media?
    – rougon
    Jan 30, 2017 at 14:37
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    @rougon: According to the articles linked in the answer "To measure evaluations of Trump, we asked our subjects to describe how warm they feel toward Trump on a 0-100 scale."
    – Oddthinking
    Jan 30, 2017 at 14:48
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    I suspect many people in the US (Trump supporters or not) saying in a survey "black people are less evolved than white people" might also say in a survey that they did not believe in evolution.
    – Henry
    Jan 30, 2017 at 18:01

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criminal, unintelligent, lazy and violent

The claim that Trump supporters are more likely to think that black people are criminal, unintelligent, lazy and violent comes from a poll by reuters:

Supporters of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump are more likely to describe African Americans as "criminal," "unintelligent," "lazy" and "violent" than voters who backed some Republican rivals in the primaries or who support Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.
The trend was consistent in the data, even when the results were filtered to include only white respondents to remove any impact that a different racial mix between Clinton and Trump supporters might play in the poll.

Here are the relevant results:

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less evolved

The claim that half of Trump supporters think that black people are less evolved comes from a poll done by Ashley Jardina, Sean McElwee, and Spencer Piston, published in Slate:

Twenty-eight percent of white Trump opponents rate blacks as less evolved than they rate whites. In contrast, a majority of Trump supporters—52 percent—rate blacks as less evolved than whites.

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    What's the methodology on these polls? Is the full text of all the questions available? Were they subject to any peer review? Jan 30, 2017 at 15:28
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    @dsollen Note also that people were not directly asked if they consider black people less evolved, but to rate black and white people independently, which may result in a higher percentage than the reuters poll which directly asked people if they consider black people to be less intelligent etc.
    – tim
    Jan 30, 2017 at 21:03
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    @tim ah, that last bit, about their ranking the two races independently, seem a good explanation for why the values seemed a bit too high to me, more room for biases to slip in and effect someone answer. Still, it also implies that people were ranking someones 'evolution level'. Forget the racism, I think the scientist in me is too busy being shocked that so many people actually believe something like 'evolution levels' exist in the first place to get around to being horrified by the rest of the polls implications lol.
    – dsollen
    Jan 30, 2017 at 21:32
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    This still boils down to a no though, right? There's no way that 52% of Trump's white supporters are actually the majority of his supporters overall. (Also, if tim got the methodology of the slate poll right, it seems misleading to say that trump supporters think that black people are less evolved. After all, if you asked them about a comparison directly, it is impossible to predict what their response would be, and the way this is stated implies to me that they would respond with "yes".
    – sgf
    Jan 31, 2017 at 1:43
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    52% thinking blacks are less evolved seems to conflict with polls like this one pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/01/03/… showing that (as of 2013) only 43% of Republicans even believed in evolution. Of course Republicans and Trump supporters aren't identical, but I can't find a poll of just Trump supporters.
    – jamesqf
    Jan 31, 2017 at 4:56

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