President-Elect Trump feels the love from Latino voter
He called some rapists, he called some killers, he called some drug dealers, but despite the comments being taken out of context, Donald Trump beat Mitt “Mr. Nice Guy” Romney with the Latino voters. CNN exit polls found President-Elect Donald J. Trump won at least 29 percent of the Latino vote and Romney only won 27 percent in in 2012. Trump also beat Romney with African Americans.
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Conventional thinking and the odds makers both made the GOP candidate a long shot for the oval office, especially since Hispanics make up approximately one-fifth of the voting population in four swing states, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and the big prize of Florida.
The underwhelming performance by Hillary Clinton proved there is always a bridge too far with voters, and the scandal-ridden female candidate lacked enthusiasm—something she needed to break the glass ceiling.
As it turns out immigration policy is less important to Latino voters and they generally line up with the general electorate, it’s always the “economy stupid.” furthermore, a preponderance of the Latino voting block agreed with many of the immigration positions supported by Trump during his historic non-politician presidential campaign.
A Zogby Analytics exit poll commissioned by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) found several key findings.
The poll was conducted on Nov. 9-10, and it torpedoes dire warnings uttered by Hispanic activist groups, Latino media outlets, open borders believers, and inside the beltway political class that immigration would coalesce Hispanic voters and turn them into a monolithic voter block for the Democrats. Additionally, Hispanic voters who legally immigrated to the country did not overwhelmingly support candidates who favored immigration enforcement over amnesty.
“The conventional wisdom that advocating enforcement of immigration laws is a deal-killer for Hispanic voters is just plain wrong. It is a myth perpetuated by groups and individuals with a political stake in maintaining mass immigration and by a bunch of high-price political consultants who continually misread public sentiment,” Dan Stein president of FAIR said.
Other key findings included:
- 4 percent of Hispanic voters rated immigration as important or somewhat important in their voting decisions. That figure is substantially less than the 84.6 percent of all voters who said it was important or somewhat important, and a full ten percentage points less than the 87.8 percent of white voters who rated immigration as important or somewhat important.
- 5 percent of Hispanic voters said they “support Donald Trump’s immigration policies,” including many who said they do not like him as a person. Conversely, only 32.9 percent of Hispanic voters said they “support Hillary Clinton’s immigration policies,” even though a much greater percentage liked her as a person. Among all voters, 54.7 percent supported Trump’s immigration policies compared with 38.4 percent who supported Clinton’s.
- 3 percent of Hispanic voters believe current immigration enforcement is too lax, double the number, 18.3 percent, who say it is too strict, and more than ten percentage points higher than those who think it is about right was 25.5 percent.
Approximately four in 10 Latino voters favor “enforcing and strengthening laws against illegal immigration to encourage them to return home… with 48.8 percent support allowing current illegal aliens to become legal and remain in the country.”
According to FAIR, “Donald Trump may not have won the Hispanic vote in this election, but clearly, it was not because of his views on immigration. If anything, his positions on immigration seem to have helped him among Hispanic voters whose economic circumstances are being harmed by excessive immigration and unchecked illegal immigration.”
Along with other after election polling information, Pew Hispanic Center concluded “bread-and-butter issues like jobs, quality education, healthcare, and other issues are the primary motivating factors for Hispanic voters.”
After their 2012 presidential loss, the Republicans put together an autopsy report meant to be the blueprint for the party moving forward, but they never envisioned a hostile takeover by successful businessman Donald Trump.
“As Republicans lay out their immigration agenda for the next two years in control of the White House and both houses of Congress, they would be well-advised to ignore the self-anointed spokespeople and the political consulting class. Enforcing immigration laws, securing our borders, protecting American workers and taxpayers, and setting reasonable limits on immigration enjoy broad public support, including large numbers of Hispanic Americans who stand to benefit economically from the policies President-elect Trump ran on,” Stein said. “The conventional wisdom that advocating enforcement of immigration laws is a deal-killer for Hispanic voters is just plain wrong.”