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Most say Trump has appeal to prejudices, but don’t criticize his supporters as prejudiced

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton promised to represent all Americans if elected president after a deeply divisive campaign. Far more Americans say Trump has appealed to prejudice in trying to win support than Clinton, but most also reject the idea that his supporters are prejudiced themselves.

In a September Washington Post-ABC News poll, 59 percent said that Trump was trying to win support by appealing to people’s prejudices against groups that are different from their own, while 45 percent said Clinton was appealing to prejudices.

Clinton said she regretted her previous comment that many Trump supporters are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.” The Post-ABC poll found 64 percent of Americans say that it’s unfair to describe a large portion of Trump’s supporters as prejudiced against women and minorities.

Real-time fact-checking and analysis of the 2nd 2016 presidential debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will meet on stage at Washington University in St. Louis at 9 p.m. Eastern.