Poll: 42% Of Republicans Think Santa Is ‘Verifiably White’

Megyn Kelly might have been on to something when she proclaimed that “Santa is what he is,” which is white.

While the American public at large remains split about the shade of Santa’s skin — 32 percent say he is white, while 36 percent say he is not, according to a new poll by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling — Kelly may find a more receptive audience on Fox News.

Forty two percent of Republicans believe Santa Claus is not just white but “verifiably white,” while 23 percent said he is not, according to the poll. Only 24 percent of Democrats, on the other hand, said he was “verifiably white” while 48 percent said he is not.

Kelly insisted last week that her comment was a simply jest that critics were using to “race-bait and to assume the worst of people.” She has found support in fellow Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly and a Libertarian radio host who claimed that Santa is white just like Martin Luther King Jr. was black.

The Slate blogger who initially kicked off the conversation, meanwhile, weighed in by reminding everyone that Santa actually isn’t real.

The PPP poll surveyed 741 registered voters from Dec. 13-17 and it had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percent.

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