What is the secret to a Republican presidential campaign win? One of the top priorities is to make certain that blocks of voting groups do not hate you, and there is a lot of hate running around the country. A national poll released Thursday says that the winner will need up to 40 percent of one particular group of voters.
Donald Trump says he loves all Mexicans, but then he turns around and calls Mexican immigrants “rapists and drug dealers.” Plus, he wants to build a wall across the US’s southern border that seems to keep getting higher with every rally.
The America’s Voice and Latino Decisions poll says that any Republican candidate who wants to win the November election should be wary about their favorable and unfavorable opinions. This poll showed 79 percent of Latino voters had a “very unfavorable” opinion of Trump.
That makes perfect sense, because one of Trump’s big lines is a promise to deport 11.3 million undocumented Latinos. That may win him the redneck vote, but it certainly does not help with Latinos.
The poll also shows that 79 percent of voters ranked their opinion of Trump “very unfavorable,” and 87 percent ranked him “generally unfavorable.” Also, 87 percent of Latinos were “much less likely” to vote for him, and 87 percent “less likely.”
The poll reveals another trend that the Trump campaign should be observing. Not only do the Latinos dislike him, they are “enthusiastic” about defeating Trump. Something new that came out of the poll is that “anti-Latino/immigrant discrimination/race relations” issues ranked as the fourth-highest concern among Latinos.
In a press conference phone call, Principal at Latino Decision Dr. Sylvia Manzano said:
‘That’s something we’ve never seen before.’ But the topic of immigration ‘tends to spike to first when the community feels under attack or when there’s a policy issue that’s on the table that’s being debated by Congress or opposed to for a vote. Given the current climate, it’s not a surprise that it ranked first.’
Manzano hinted that Republicans are going to have a tough time in November’s elections:
‘Four out of ten people gave some iteration that “Trump is attacking my community.” That motivation to turn out and that factor making people turn out really eclipses other reasons people talked about being enthusiastic in this contest and what differentiates it from prior ones.’
‘Immigration is going to be a party-defining issue.’
The poll surveyed 2,200 registered Latino voters nationwide with a +/- 2.1 percent margin of error.