The Latino Victory Project conducted a poll over the course of the Republican National Convention, and the results from the final day were released today.
The results of the poll don’t reveal good news for the Trump campaign when it comes to Trump’s support among Latino voters. Trump actually managed to lose support over the four day convention.
On the first day of the convention, 72 percent of those polled preferred Clinton and only 17 percent preferred Trump. By day 4, 76 percent preferred Clinton and only 13 percent preferred Trump.
By the end of the convention, more of the polled Latino voters found Trump unfavorable than did at the beginning. On day one, 66 percent had a very unfavorable view of Trump. On day four, 69 percent had a very unfavorable view of him. Clearly, Trump’s convention filled with plagiarism, cries to lock up Hillary Clinton, and inappropriately touching his daughter was not enough to sway Latino voters to his side.
The unfavorable views that much of the Latino voter population have of Trump are undoubtedly heavily influenced by his constant, hateful rhetoric towards immigrants.
On the last night of the convention, Trump brought up his views that undocumented immigrants are criminals and shared once again his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
‘Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens. We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities.’
When voters were asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement that “illegal immigrants are criminal gang members and…a wall between the U.S. and Mexico will stop drugs and violence in United States,” 76 percent disagreed and 24 percent agreed.
There was also a point during the convention when crowds broke out into chants of “build the wall, build the wall.” Voters were presented with two sentences regarding this chant, and were then asked which sentence they agreed with more. The two sentences were:
A. The crowd chanting “build the wall” is disturbing and encourages discrimination against immigrants and Latinos.
B. The crowd chanting “build the wall” is no big deal.
Eighty-one percent of those polled agreed more with sentence A, not surprisingly, while only 19 percent agreed with sentence B.
Trump certainly missed out on a great opportunity to court the Latino vote during the convention, as 75 percent of those polled indicated that they were following the event either online or on television.
Questions about the Republican party as a whole also yielded some interesting, although again not exactly surprising, results. When given a list of four characteristics and asked which ones described the Republican Party, it was revealed that 77 percent of those polled find the GOP to be dangerous. Seventy-one percent disagreed that the GOP has good ideas, 81 percent disagreed that it makes the United States more united, and 80 percent disagreed that it cares about people like them.