The latest Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll finds that a majority of Americans believe political correctness in the United States has run amok.
One presidential candidate has an interesting effect on that opinion.
Poll director Krista Jenkins said 68 percent of Americans surveyed agree with the statement that a big problem the country has is being too politically correct.
That opinion is shared by most men, women, younger and older residents, she said.
“The only differences that we find were markedly among Democrats. Democrats by and large agree with the statement, but their support drops off significantly — perhaps not surprisingly — when you raise the specter of Donald Trump saying that,” Jenkins said.
When reminded that Trump said political correctness was a big problem, the percent of people who agreed dropped to 53 percent.
“Donald Trump said this not only the context of a debate where he was responding to Megyn Kelly’s claim that he had been especially disparaging toward women, but it’s come in other instances on the campaign trail,” Jenkins said. “So it’s certainly become kind of an issue.”