Donald Trump boasts that he'd win the Latino vote in a presidential general election; not likely, a new poll shows.
Trump's image among Latino registered voters is overwhelmingly negative, and he would lose them by a landslide in a race against Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to the survey for Univision by two prominent pollsters -- Bendixen & Amandi, a Democratic firm, and the Tarrance Group, a GOP firm.
Among Latino voters, 71% have an unfavorable view of Trump, compared with 17% who see him favorably, the poll showed. Matched in a hypothetical horse race against Clinton, Trump would lose 70%-16%, the poll found.
For Trump, the good news, sort of, is that he didn't do much worse against Clinton than any of the other GOP hopefuls in the poll. Asked how they would choose between unnamed Democratic and Republican candidates, Latino voters said by 62%-23% that they'd go for the Democrat. When they were then asked a series of matchups between Clinton and several of the better-known candidates seeking the GOP nomination, Clinton outpaced the generic Democrat in every case by at least a few points.
Matched up against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, for example, Clinton took 69% of the vote. The two Floridians in the Republican race, former governor Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, did only marginally better, despite their presumed appeal to Latino voters. Clinton led Bush 64%-27% and Rubio 66%-25%, the poll found.
The poll showed that although about one-third of Latino voters consider themselves at least “somewhat” conservative, they favor the Democratic party's positions by significant margins. On jobs and the economy, for example, the issue that Latino voters listed as the most important facing the electorate, they favored the Democrats' position 56%-22%.
The poll, which surveyed 1400 Latino registered voters, has a margin of error of +/-2.6 percentage points.