Most voters think Roseanne’s tweet was racist: poll

Most voters think Roseanne’s tweet was racist: poll

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Roseann Barr, center, pictured with her TV family, apologized on Twitter for the tweet and said she is no longer on the social media site. (@RoseanneOnABC/Twitter)

WASHINGTON — A majority of voters found that comedian Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweet mocking former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was racist, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday.

Last week, Barr’s sitcom, “Roseanne,” was canceled after she tweeted “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

Barr deleted the tweet and apologized, but has vacillated between contrition and a defiant tone in follow-up tweets.

The poll found that 56 percent of the respondents said the tweet was “very racist,” 21 percent said it was “somewhat racist,” 5 percent said it was “not too racist” and 8 percent said it was “not racist at all.”

Ten percent said they did not know or had no opinion.

Along partisan lines, 66 percent of Republicans said the tweet was racist while 90 percent of Democrats said the same.

The poll also found that 57 percent of voters support ABC’s decision to cancel Barr’s show while 32 percent oppose it and 11 percent have no opinion.

Voters were split on a larger question over whether making racist remarks makes somebody racist, with 45 percent saying that it does and 44 percent saying that it does not.

Sixty-six percent of Democrats said that making racist comments does, while 64 percent of Republicans said it does not.

The poll was conducted among 1,990 registered voters between May 31-June 4, including 687 Democrats, 656 Independents and 647 Republicans. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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