New poll shows exactly why Hillary Clinton is owning her “basket of deplorables" comment

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Donald Trump's campaign has sought to capitalize on Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment, embracing the term Clinton used to say that Trump and many of his supporters are racist, sexist, homophobic and Islamophobic, and therefore "irredeemable." 

The problem for Trump?

Many Americans agree with Clinton.

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According to a new Associated Press/GfK poll released Thursday night, 60% of registered voters say Trump doesn't respect "ordinary Americans."

Another 74% of registered voters don't view him as "civil" or "compassionate."

More than half of registered voters, or 51%, say Trump is racist. 

More registered voters also  think Trump supporters are "worse" than the average American than Clinton supporters, the poll found.

Nearly one-third of voters say Trump backers are "worse people than the average American," while 15% of registered voters say Clinton supporters are worse than the average American.

Similarly, the poll found that the comment could have a motivating effect for Democrats — whom Clinton needs to turn out in large numbers, as they did for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. 

Among Democratic voters, 54% think Trump supporters are worse people than the Average american.

Though Clinton called it a mistake to lump half of Trump's voters into a "basket of deplorables," her campaign has sought to turn the comments into a net positive, with vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine blasting GOP counterpart Mike Pence for declining to label ex-KKK leader David Duke, a Trump backer, "deplorable."

The statistics in the new poll make clear that Clinton's deplorables remark is not the "47% moment" the Trump campaign was hoping for — referring to Mitt Romney's infamous closed-door remarks about  Americans who pay no income tax that upended the 2012 race and aided in his loss that year to Obama.

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Emily C. Singer

Emily C. Singer, née Cahn, is a senior writer for Mic covering politics. She is based in New York and can be reached at esinger@mic.com

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