Biden Leads Trump Among Latino Voters

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds a significant lead over Donald Trump among registered Latino voters, garnering 62% of support, compared with Trump’s 26%, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC/Telemundo poll.

The survey finds Trump’s support among Latinos to be roughly in line with his standing in 2016. Hillary Clinton won 66% of the Latino vote, exit polls found that year, while Trump received 28%. About 12% of Latino voters remain undecided this year, the new survey finds.

The Journal/NBC/Telemundo poll includes some warning signs for Biden: Trump’s favorability among Latino voters has improved from four years ago. In September 2016, 78% had a negative view of him, compared with 56% today.

The survey of 300 Latino voters was taken Sept. 13-16, before the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday introduced a new factor into the presidential race. It was conducted by Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt and Republican Bill McInturff.

Biden acknowledged to reporters that he had more work to do to win over Latino voters. “Look, what I have to do is make the case why it will be so much better for the Hispanic community, the Latino community, if in fact Trump is no longer president,” he said.

Compared with registered voters overall, Latino voters in the survey reported a lower level of interest in the election. Some 67% rated their level of interest at a 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale, compared with 80% of voters of all races and ethnicities.

The poll also shows the economy to be a top issue for Latino voters. Those surveyed gave Biden only a slight edge on the issue over Trump, with 39% saying the president would be better at dealing with the economy, compared with 41% who said Mr. Biden would be better.

Biden holds wide leads on other top issues, including on handling coronavirus, addressing the concerns of the Hispanic and Latino community and treating immigrants humanely.

The poll also found that the majority of Latino voters plan to vote before Election Day, with 31% saying they would vote by mail and 23% saying they would vote early in person. Some 40% said they would vote on Election Day.

The margin of error for the Journal/NBC News/Telemundo survey was plus or minus 5.7 percentage points. The poll was also in line with previous WSJ/NBC data between January and August of this year, which averaged together found Biden leading Trump, 61% to 29%. It didn’t break down results based on country of origin.

The survey finds Trump’s support among Latinos to be roughly in line with his standing in 2016. Hillary Clinton won 66% of the Latino vote, exit polls found that year, while Trump received 28%. About 12% of Latino voters remain undecided this year, the new survey finds.

The Journal/NBC/Telemundo poll includes some warning signs for Biden: Trump’s favorability among Latino voters has improved from four years ago. In September 2016, 78% had a negative view of him, compared with 56% today.

The survey of 300 Latino voters was taken Sept. 13-16, before the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday introduced a new factor into the presidential race. It was conducted by Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt and Republican Bill McInturff.

Biden acknowledged to reporters that he had more work to do to win over Latino voters. “Look, what I have to do is make the case why it will be so much better for the Hispanic community, the Latino community, if in fact Trump is no longer president,” he said.

Compared with registered voters overall, Latino voters in the survey reported a lower level of interest in the election. Some 67% rated their level of interest at a 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale, compared with 80% of voters of all races and ethnicities.

The poll also shows the economy to be a top issue for Latino voters. Those surveyed gave Biden only a slight edge on the issue over Trump, with 39% saying the president would be better at dealing with the economy, compared with 41% who said Mr. Biden would be better.

Biden holds wide leads on other top issues, including on handling coronavirus, addressing the concerns of the Hispanic and Latino community and treating immigrants humanely.

The poll also found that the majority of Latino voters plan to vote before Election Day, with 31% saying they would vote by mail and 23% saying they would vote early in person. Some 40% said they would vote on Election Day.

The margin of error for the Journal/NBC News/Telemundo survey was plus or minus 5.7 percentage points. The poll was also in line with previous WSJ/NBC data between January and August of this year, which averaged together found Biden leading Trump, 61% to 29%. It didn’t break down results based on country of origin.

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