A poll released Wednesday by Latino Victory Project, Latino Decisions, and America’s Voice shows a clear majority of Florida Latinos -- 64 percent -- disapproves of President Donald Trump’s performance and 7 of 10 believe the Republican Party doesn’t care about, or is hostile toward, Latinos.
Additionally, claim poll results, more than one-third of Florida Latinos said the GOP is so anti-Latino that they could no longer support the party.
Latinos in Florida account for 4.3 million (or 8 percent) of the U.S. Latino population.
When asked, "No matter how you voted in the last election, do you think President Trump is ..." doing a better job than expected, as expected or worse than expect, 14 percent said "better," 44 percent said "as expected," and 42 percent said "worse."
U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, newly elected state Sen. Annette Taddeo, Latino Victory President Cristóbal J. Alex, and Latino Decisions Co-Founder Matt Barreto weighed in on the poll's findings and the possible electoral ramifications for 2018 and 2020.
“If the majority of Republicans continue to advocate for tearing our families apart, trampling on the hard-fought civil rights of Latinos and other communities of color, and endangering the lives of young undocumented immigrants by returning them to countries they don’t remember, they’ll effectively seal the fate of their party,” said Soto.
“Progressives are in a good position ahead of 2018, but opposing Republicans isn’t enough,” added Taddeo. “It’s up to us to have conversations with voters, propose smart policy solutions, and channel Latino energy into big wins for progressive causes.”
Alex agreed. “Florida had been a Republican Latino stronghold for generations, but attitudes have shifted in the last eight months. Trump has triggered a new sense of solidarity between our diverse communities and a willingness to cross party lines in the best interest of Latinos,” he said.
"Despite being a relatively conservative population, Florida Latinos are showing signs of pan-ethnic solidarity, particularly on immigration," said Barreto, who is also professor of political science & Chicano studies at UCLA. "More and more, they do not see anti-Latino attacks isolated to Trump. The Republican Party overall is suffering with low favorable ratings. If Republicans do not reject Trump and embrace Latinos, they may completely close the door on reaching Latinos."
The poll identified the top 10 most important issues for President Trump to address as these:
- Immigration reform / DREAM Act 38 percent
- Improve the economy / Better jobs 24 percent
- Improve access to health care 20 percent
- Race relations / discrimination 19 percent
- Terrorism 16 percent
- Making college more affordable 10 percent
- Housing affordability 9 percent
- Addressing climate change/enviro 9 percent
- Education reform / improve schools 8 percent
- Lower government spending/taxes 8 percent
To see all the poll's findings, click here.
Latino Decisions surveyed 369 Latino adults in Florida Sept. 12-20, 2017. Interviews were collected online in a respondent self-administered format, and the survey and invitation was available to respondents in English or Spanish. The full data are weighted to match the adult population in the 2015 Census ACS 1-year data file for age, gender, education, nativity, ancestry, and voter registration status. The survey carries a margin of error of +/- 5.1 percentage points.