Latino Voters Really, Really, Really Don’t Like Donald Trump
A new poll from Univision finds that Donald Trump isn’t very well liked by Latino voters:
Hispanic voters overwhelmingly disapprove of Donald Trump’s controversial comments on illegal immigration, according to a new Univision poll.
Seventy-nine percent of Hispanic voters polled find Trump’s comments offensive, and 71 percent hold an unfavorable view of Trump.
While a majority of those polled say they don’t think Trump’s comments represent his party, Trump and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush trail Hillary Clinton badly among Hispanic voters.
Clinton would win 64 percent of Hispanic voters over Bush in a hypothetical matchup. That includes a five-point lead in Bush’s home state of Florida, a 42-point lead in Nevada, a 14-point lead in North Carolina and a 46-point lead in Colorado — all swing states.
She’d fare even better in a matchup against Trump, where she wins the Hispanic vote by a 70 to 16 percentage point margin.
GOP presidential candidates have seen their share of the growing demographic fall in recent elections.
President George W. Bush won 40 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004, but in 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney won just 27 percent compared to President Obama’s 71 percent.
Only 18 percent of Hispanic voters identify as Republicans, according to the Univision poll, compared to 57 percent who identify as Democrats.
Bush is still the leading GOP vote-getter among Hispanics — 38 percent support him, while 22 percent back Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and 12 percent support Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas).
The results come as Trump’s rhetoric continues to dominate the news cycle. He’s doubled down on comments from his presidential launch, where he said that many Mexican immigrants coming to America illegally are “rapists” and criminals. He rallied in Arizona last weekend with Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who’s faced criticism over his treatment of undocumented immigrants.
Trump’s comments reportedly prompted Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to ask him to tone down the rhetoric.
Most of the GOP field has criticized Trump’s remarks, and the Univision poll finds that just 14 percent of Hispanics believe that the comments reflect the feelings of the Republican Party, while 61 percent believe Trump is only speaking for himself.
That last part, I suppose, is good news for Republicans in that they don’t appear to be being harmed by Trump’s remarks, at least not yet. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the GOP doesn’t have its own problems with Latino voters that go well beyond Donald Trump but that’s an entirely different issue. In any case, this would at least seem to put the lie to Trump’s prediction that he will win the Latino vote in 2016.