Latinos have a significantly more favorable view of Hillary Clinton than they do of Trump, according to a poll conducted by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).
The NCLR’s poll found that, overall, 68 percent of respondents have a favorable view of Democratic nominee Clinton, compared to just 18 percent for Republican nominee Trump. Seventy percent said they will vote for Clinton, and 17 percent said they will vote for Trump.
In an opinion piece for USA Today published in September, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murgua commented on the ever-growing Latino electorate:
“While much about this election season has confounded expectations, one electoral forecast is happening as predicted: The Latino electorate continues to grow rapidly, and Latino voters are poised to shape the results of contests up and down the ballot. Parties and candidates that do not seriously compete for Latino voters’ support, or whose engagement is limited and last-minute, do so at their own peril.”
And the NCLR, a nonprofit group with a 91.36 score on Charity Navigator, is helping Latinos get out the vote. The group announced earlier this month that it had registered 50,000 Latino voters in Florida. As of October 18, the group had registered 189,434 people in Florida since 2004, Florida Politics reported.
The Latino community’s primarily negative view of Trump is perhaps not surprising, given his infamous campaign announcement speech in which he called Mexicans “rapists” and “criminals” and considering he has continued this rhetoric throughout his campaign. However, the poll also sheds light on how Latino voters feel about certain issues and paints a picture of just why Latino voters primarily side with Clinton.
The poll asked what issues are most important to Latino voters. Eighty-three percent of respondents said they consider economic issues very important, and an additional 14 percent said these issues are somewhat important. Respondents were also asked if they felt they had sufficient information on the candidates’ plans regarding certain economic issues. While percentages for Trump varied somewhat by age, the overall response showed preference for Clinton’s plans.
Thinking about the presidential candidates and their specific plans on economic issues like creating jobs, college affordability, helping families buy homes, or saving for retirement, would you say you have enough information on [rotate] Clinton’s/Trump’s economic plans
Percent of “yes” responses
|Candidate||Total||18-35 years old||36+ years old|
“These issues resonated across the board, even with Hispanic millennials, who account for nearly half of projected Latino eligible voters,” said Lindsay Daniels, NCLR’s associate director of economic policy. “The community wants a new administration and Congress that will address their economic concerns, and we look forward to working with policymakers who understand that a more prosperous America is one that incorporates Latino priorities.”
In addition to economic issues, the survey also asked respondents about healthcare, particularly the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. Nationally, three-quarters of respondents believe the ACA should remain in place and stay how it is or be improved by lowering out-of-pocket costs. Only 25 percent believe the ACA should be repealed.
When asked about specific ACA provisions that it is important remain in place, 90 percent of respondents nationally said not denying coverage due to a preexisting condition, and 83 percent said letting young adults remain on their parents’ plans until they are 26.
The survey asked respondents from Florida and Texas questions regarding Medicaid; which 80 percent of Floridians and 81 percent of Texans said states should expand:
If one candidate supported [state] accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid, while the other candidate opposed expanding Medicaid and prefers that [state] rejects the federal funds, which candidate would you be more likely to support
|State||Candidate who Wants to Expand Medicaid||Candidate who Opposes Medicaid Expansion||Don’t Know|
Trump has criticized Obamacare on numerous occasions and has stated that it should be completely repealed. In a February debate he said that he would keep the mandate that does not allow denial of coverage due to preexisting conditions. However, his “Healthcare Reform to Make America Great Again” section on his website does not indicate this and simply calls for a full repeal of the Act. His plan also states that the federal government should not be involved with Medicaid in individual states.
In contrast, on Clinton’s website, her healthcare platform states that, as president, she will:
Defend and expand the Affordable Care Act
Bring down out-of-pocket costs like copays and deductibles
Fight for health insurance for the lowest-income Americans in every state by incentivizing states to expand Medicaid and make enrollment through Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act easier
“Today’s results show strong support among Latino voters for building upon the gains of the ACA, including expanding Medicaid and identifying opportunities to ensure the law works for even more people,” Stephen Lopez, manager of the NCLR’s Healthy Policy Project, said. “We also see strong support for investments that better position children to be healthy and succeed, via measures like Head Start and school-based health centers. The health and well-being of our country is linked to that of the Latino community and Latino voters are looking to the next administration and Congress to shape agendas that reflect Latino health policy priorities.”
The NCLR has publicly denounced Trump and endorsed Clinton the first time the organization endorsed a presidential candidate. In a statement regarding the endorsement Clinton said, in part:
“For nearly five decades, the National Council of La Raza has lifted up the Latino community and celebrated its diversity. NCLR’s investments in training workers, empowering the next generation of students and leaders, and supporting families are a model for the work we need to do across America.”
“The stakes have never been higher, and I’m humbled to receive this historic endorsement from NCLR PAC,” she added.