By Stephen Dinan
April 21, 2016
Donald Trump would win just 11 percent of the Hispanic vote in key battleground states in a matchup with Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, according to a new poll Thursday by immigrant-rights advocates that underscores just how intent Latinos are on punishing Mr. Trump for his strict stances.
He has a staggering 87 percent unfavorable rating in the poll, conducted by Latino Decisions on behalf of America’s Voice. And in a head-to-head matchup with Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump loses the Hispanic vote 76-11.
Sen. Ted Cruz, by contrast, would do more than twice as well, losing to Mrs. Clinton by 64-29 in a hypothetical matchup.
Overall, Democrats are viewed far more generously by Hispanics, with 47 percent saying the party has become more welcoming in recent years. They also give President Obama high job approval ratings of 73 percent — despite continued complaints that he’s set records for deportation.
Republicans, meanwhile, appear poised for a disastrous showing among Hispanics in November, judging by the poll of 2,200 registered Latino voters.
Many GOP analysts attribute 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s loss in large part to a poor showing among Hispanic voters, thanks to a strict stance calling for deportations. Mr. Romney won just 27 percent of their vote nationwide.
Mr. Trump has insisted he will do fine among Hispanic voters, despite his even stricter stance.
But a striking number of Hispanics told the pollsters they’re more eager to vote in 2016 than in the past precisely so they can stop Mr. Trump and push back against what they see as anti-immigrant sentiment in the political conversation.
The two founders of Latino Decisions, the company that conducted the poll, have ties to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, but the poll was taken by another principal in the firm and was orchestrated for America’s Voice, a leading immigrant-rights group.
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