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Poll: Clinton Has Huge Lead Over Trump With Latinos

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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More than one-half of Latino voters have a "very negative" view of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to a new survey.

Registered Latino voters were asked in a NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll conducted Sept. 15-20 how they feel about certain public figures, groups and organizations. Of those polled, 68 percent said they have "very negative" feelings about Trump, 10 percent responded with "somewhat negative."

Only 8 percent of Latino respondents view Trump in a "very positive" light.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fared much better among poll participants.

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Of registered Latino voters, 34 percent said they have "very positive" feelings about her, and 23 percent responded with "somewhat positive." Twenty-one percent of respondents have "very negative" feelings about Clinton.

In terms of political parties in general, 38 percent of respondents feel "very negatively" about the Republican Party, while 14 percent feel the same about the Democratic Party.

Only 7 percent of respondents have a "very positive" feeling about the Republican Party compared to the Democratic Party’s 36 percent.

As for third-party presidential candidates Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party's Jill Stein, Latino voters had an overwhelming response of “don’t know name/not sure” when asked how they feel about them. Of those polled, 54 percent gave that response for Stein, and 48 percent for Johnson. The remaining majority selected their feeling as being neutral towards both candidates.

When asked who they would vote for if the election were held today, 63 percent said Clinton, 16 percent Trump, 9 percent Johnson and 3 percent Stein.

The results are similar to those found by an America’s Voice/Latino Decisions poll conducted in August.

That poll found that 74 percent of registered Latino voters view Trump unfavorably, while 68 percent view Clinton favorably.

Seventy percent of respondents said they would vote for Clinton if the election were held at that time, while 19 percent said the same of Trump.

In the NBC/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll, Latino voters were also asked whether they prefer a Republican- or Democrat-controlled Congress. The poll found 63 percent chose Democratic, with 29 percent choosing Republican.

This correlates to the answers given on whether Latino voters are choosing Clinton because they want her to be president or because they don’t want Trump to be. Of those polled, 61 percent said their vote is more for Clinton, but 32 percent said it was to vote against Trump.

Sources: NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo, America's Voice/Latino Decisions / Photo credit: Disney - ABC Television Group/Flickr

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