Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has the highest negative rating among Hispanic voters of any GOP candidate.
This comes according to a Washington Post-Univision News poll. It found that 8 in 10 Hispanic voters view Trump unfavorably, which includes the 7 in 10 who have a “very unfavorable” view of the front runner for the GOP nomination.
Trump’s “very unfavorable” rating was more than double the percentage of any other candidate.
While many Hispanics view Trump unfavorably, 22 percent of respondents who are planning to vote in the Republican primary still chose him as their second choice for the nomination; only 1 percent more than Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida nabbed the first place spot with 34 percent.
Given Trump’s stance on illegal immigration and his proposal to build a wall on the US-Mexico border it is no surprise he may be viewed negatively by Hispanics. But, according to a Fox News entrance poll performed at the Feb. 23 Nevada Republican caucuses, Trump had the support of 45 percent of Hispanic voters.
"You know what I really am happy about, because I've been saying it for a long time," Trump said following his win in Nevada. "46 percent with the Hispanics ... number one with Hispanics!"
The Washington Post-Univision News poll found that Hispanic voters were more likely to support a Democratic presidential candidate over a Republican.
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont both received a net favorable rating of 37 percent. Only two Republican candidates had a net favorable rating: Rubio with 8 percent and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio with 6 percent.
Clinton received 57 percent of Hispanics support, 68 percent of which came from voters aged 35-49. Sanders received 28 percent of Hispanics support, but had a stronger showing than Clinton with those aged 18-34 at 49 percent.
All respondents over the age of 50 favored Clinton.
When match-ups were done between Democratic and Republican candidates, the majority of Hispanics consistently chose Clinton or Sanders over any Republican candidate.