Trump has a huge deficit among nonwhite voters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Friday in St. Louis.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Friday in St. Louis.

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Donald Trump likes to claim that he has wide support among “the Hispanics,” but like some other assertions he makes, that one’s not true.

The latest evidence comes from newly released Gallup Poll data: More than three-quarters of Latinos — 77% — view Trump unfavorably, the poll found, compared with just 12% who have a favorable opinion.

Trump’s net favorability score, negative-65 percentage points, contrasts dramatically with all the other potential candidates in the presidential field. It is notably worse than was Mitt Romney’s image among Latinos in 2012, a year in which he won only 27% of Latino votes.


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Even among Latino Republicans, which is a relatively small group, Trump’s image is deeply unfavorable — a net reading of negative-29, Gallup found.

The other three Republicans still in the race against Trump, Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, have net scores near zero among Latinos, meaning that the number with positive views of them are roughly the same as the number with negative views. All three have positive images among Latino Republicans.

The two Democrats — Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders — both have net positive ratings among Latinos overall, particularly Clinton, who gets a positive rating from 59% of Latinos and a negative one from 26%.

Gallup’s figures correspond with data from other surveys.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Wednesday found that in a potential matchup against Clinton, only one in five nonwhite voters sided with Trump.

The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal survey found two-thirds of voters overall saying that they could not see themselves voting for Trump. Among nonwhite voters, the figure was 84%.


A separate NBC News/SurveyMonkey tracking poll found that Trump was viewed unfavorably by 86% of black voters and 75% of Latinos. Overall about eight in 10 nonwhite voters in that survey had an unfavorable view of Trump, with about seven in 10 saying their view was “very unfavorable.”

The Gallup data comes from roughly 1,200 Latino voters interviewed by telephone between Jan. 2-March 8 and has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

The Washington Post/ABC poll was conducted by telephone March 3-6 among 1,000 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minuts 3.5 percentage points.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll surveyed 1,200 registered voters by telephone March 3-6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

The NBC/SurveyMonkey tracking poll was conducted online Feb. 29-March 6 among 19,051 registered voters. The results have a confidence interval of plus or minus 1 percentage point.

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