The New York Times had a much talked about piece the other day titled “Measuring Donald Trump’s Supporters Measure for Intolerance” that attempted to paint his supporters as a bunch of racists. One excerpt from a YouGov online poll cited by the article, in particular, made for many a breathless headline as it basically accused Trump supporters of being OK with slavery:

Nationally, further analyses of the YouGov data show a similar trend: Nearly 20 percent of Mr. Trump’s voters disagreed with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in the Southern states during the Civil War. Only 5 percent of Mr. Rubio’s voters share this view.

Here are some of examples of it was spun on Twitter. By academics…

In the media…

And by celebrities…

Now for the rest of the story.

That same poll is filled with nuggets that can be used to paint virtually any group in the electorate in a very bad light, including liberals and Democrats.

Here’s David Mastio from USA Today who analyzed the poll with some startling results:

Dems are more racist that Republicans!

And 43% of Dems are OK with waterboarding:

Check out what Hispanics think of the end of slavery:

And here’s where we get out headline:

Here’s something that might put things in perspective: If you dig deep into the confusing Economist/YouGov online poll, you find that only 71% of American blacks approve of the Emancipation Proclamation. Five percent definitely disapprove of Lincoln’s action and 24% just aren’t sure.

Maybe that 29% of African Americans is waiting to see how the whole experiment with a slavery-free America turns out. After all, it has only been a century and a half. Still early days.

Everyone is a racist! Or — and this is more likely — online polls are garbage and should not be used to write stories in the New York Times.

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