Support for Trump Among Latinos in California Jumps 8 Points in One Month
The figures show a notable shift from September
Latino support for President Donald Trump in California has jumped points in one month, according to a widely-respected poll.
57% of likely Latino voters in California support former Vice President Joe Biden, versus 33% who support President Donald Trump, according to the latest Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll.
The figures show a notable shift from September, when 64% said they would vote for Biden, and 25% for Trump.
Latino support for Trump in California is now almost as high as support among white voters.
According to the Sacramento Bee:
Support for Trump among California Latinos has grown since 2016, according to polls, despite concern in the community about his immigration policies and disparaging remarks he’s made about immigrants throughout his presidency.
Mike Madrid, the co-founder of the Lincoln Project and an expert in Latino voting trends, said Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has yet to win over Hispanic men in the same way Hillary Clinton did in 2016.
The Bee quoted PPIC president Mark Baldassare, who theorized the president was doing better because immigration had become less of an issue:
Approval of Trump also rose, from 27% approval among Latino voters in September to 35% approval this month.
Mark Baldassare, president of the Public Policy Institute of California, said the “slight gain” in support for Trump among Latino voters could reflect shifting focus on issues, with a discussion of immigration less prominent now.
“Immigration had been a front-and-center issue in the (2016) presidential election and over the last few years. It has really not surfaced much in the last month as an issue,” he said.
Trump may also be appealing to Latinos on other issues.
Spanish-language television viewers reported that they thought Trump won the debate, while American leftist media outlets said otherwise.
Biden leads overall, 58% to 32%.
NBC News reported the significant proportion of Latinos reliably vote conservative in and of itself is nothing new.
The population has counted a healthy number of Republican voters ever since the "Latinos con Eisenhower" movement started in California in the 1950s, Northwestern University historian Geraldo Cadava wrote in a Los Angeles Times op-ed in May.
"In many ways, the fit with the party was natural for a constituency that valued family, church, and work so highly," Cadava wrote.
Though Biden is expected to win the majority of Hispanic voters nationwide, as a Pew survey showed him leading, Trump still has a rapidly growing support.
Latino Trump supporters like Kennith Gonzalez, 19, whose father escaped Cuba on a raft he built in 1994, show the President's stance against socialism is resonating with them.
North Jersey reported that Gonzalez, a product of the Cuban American community that's flourished in and around Union City, will vote in his first presidential election next month and cast his ballot for Trump.
A political science student at Seton Hall University, Gonzalez said Latinos he speaks to cite the economy as their main issue often, and he points to the improved jobless rate as well as gains in the stock market during Trump's first term.