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July 17, 2019

President Trump has actually increased his Republican support in the wake of his tweets telling four minority congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from, with a majority of Republicans agreeing with the statement.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll published Wednesday shows Trump's Republican support at 72 percent, a five-point increase from a week earlier. The president's overall approval rating didn't change. The poll was conducted in the days after Trump told four minority congresswomen they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Another new poll from USA TODAY/Ipsos shows that 57 percent of Republicans agree with Trump's tweets. Overall, though, 62 percent of those surveyed said they disagree with the tweets, with 68 percent calling them offensive and 59 percent calling them un-American. Republicans were also slightly more split on whether the tweets were offensive, with 42 percent saying they weren't but 37 percent saying they were. These questions were specifically asked of those who said they had heard of these weekend tweets from Trump.

The Republican support for the tweet is in spite of the fact that in this same poll, a plurality of Republicans, 45 percent, said that telling minorities to "go back where they came from" is a racist statement, although 34 percent said it's not.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to condemn Trump's tweets while he continues to double down on them, on Monday saying he's unconcerned about them being seen as racist because "many people agree with me."

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted by speaking to 1,113 U.S. adults online on July 15 and July 16, with a margin of error of 3 percentage points overall and 5 percentage points for Democrats or Republicans. The USA Today/Ipsos poll was conducted by speaking to 1,005 people online on July 15 and July 16, and it has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. Read more results at Reuters and USA Today. Brendan Morrow

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