Nearly two-thirds of Latino voters choose Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for president, according to a recent survey.
Latino Decisions polled 500 Latino registered voters from Sept. 2-6, in either English or Spanish, primarily about Trump. The answers they gave demonstrate that the Latino vote in November may well go to Clinton.
Fifty-six percent of respondents said if the election were held today, they are certain that Clinton would receive their vote. Only 11 percent said the same of Trump.
Overall, Clinton received 72 percent of Latino voters support, with Trump obtaining 17 percent.
Trump recently issued his plan for immigration, which includes building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, deportation of illegal aliens residing in the U.S. who have been convicted of a criminal offense, detaining illegal aliens who are apprehended at the border and returning them to their home country, cutting off federal grants to sanctuary cities, and removing birthright citizenship.
He’s also said that amnesty is not an option and that illegal immigrants will have to return home and apply for re-entry in order to obtain legal status. Of those polled, 79 percent believe Trump’s real goal with this policy is to deport immigrants and refuse to let them back in to the country; 21 percent think he will create a fair and practical immigration system.
When asked whether they think Trump’s position on immigration has softened, not changed, or has become more harsh recently, 49 percent said they believe it has not changed, while 30 percent think it has become more harsh. Another 22 percent think the presidential nominee has softened on immigration.
Eighty-one percent said they agree on varying levels that Trump’s campaign has made citizens of the U.S. angrier and more divided on immigration and racial issues, while 80 percent agree that he encourages Americans to be angry and hostile toward Latinos, Muslims, and immigrants.
As for Trump’s border wall proposal, which can be found on his Donald J. Trump website, 75 percent of Latino voters do not think it will make the U.S. economy stronger.
Eighty-two percent also said they believe Trump’s recent trip to Mexico to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto was a campaign stunt and not sincere. And 18 percent think he is trying to develop a good relationship with the country and its leaders.
As for how Latino voters feel overall about Trump's talk and policy views, 82 percent said they fear for the future of their family and the country, while 18 percent think he has the best interest of their families and country in mind.