By Kerry Eleveld
April 25, 2016
It's hard to overstate just how devastating the latest round of Latino Decisions’ new national polling promises to be for the Republican Party this November. It’s not just about what we already knew—that Latino voters despise GOP frontrunner Donald Trump:
87% of Latino voters have either a “very” or “somewhat” unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump (79% “very unfavorable”), as compared to just 9% of who view him as “very” or “somewhat” favorable – meaning that his net favorability is underwater by 78 percentage points.
It’s that those hostile views run far beyond Trump, partly because 41 percent of Latino voters say immigration/deportation is the most important issue to them. By contrast, only 21 percent prioritized jobs and the economy, while 16 percent picked education reform, and just 8 percent said health care.
What that means is that Latino voters' perceptions of whether GOP candidates will end President Obama's deferred deportation programs (i.e. DAPA and DACA) are casting a dark cloud over the entire Republican field. Fully 74 percent say the GOP presidential candidates’ commitment to ending DAPA makes them less likely to vote Republican come November; and nearly as many, 73 percent, say the same of the GOP presidential candidates' wish to end DACA.
On immigration and deportation, it’s personal for Latino voters, not theoretical—and that makes all the difference.
57% of those surveyed indicated that they know a friend, family member, co-worker, or other relationship who is an undocumented immigrant; 34% know someone who is facing immigration related detention or deportation; and a third of respondents know someone who applied for DACA.
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