Hispanic voters’ beef with the GOP goes way beyond Trump’s racism, report finds

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An new expansive report on Hispanics voters out Tuesday found the majority of Hispanic Americans are talking about Donald Trump’s derogatory remarks about immigrants with their family and friends—and they’re planning to vote in November.


The Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends report found serious resonance around Trump’s negative remarks about Hispanic immigrants, with 75% of registered Hispanic voters surveyed reporting they discussed his comments with family, friends, or coworkers over the past year. Nearly the same number say they’ve given the election serious thought, with 74% of saying they’re “absolutely certain” they’ll vote on November 8.

While Trump has polled poorly among Hispanic voters for much of the election, the report frames in stark terms what Republican operatives have been ringing the alarm about for months: that the party isn’t doing well with Hispanic voters, and that Trump’s candidacy could do irreparable harm. (One indicator: In 2004, George W. Bush captured 40% of Hispanic voters’ support, while 27% backed Mitt Romney in 2012. A Univision poll of the Latino vote from September found Trump’s support at less than 20% in three of four key swing states.)

While the Democrats have made gains with Hispanic voters since 1999—garnering 70% leaning toward or identifying with the party in 2012, but only 64% saying the same in 2016—Republicans’ numbers have remained stagnant. In 1999, 25% of Hispanic voters said they identified as Republicans, with 24% reporting that same party identification in this year’s survey.

You can read the full results of the survey here.