Nearly three in four Latinos have a negative perception of Donald Trump, with 67 percent admitting their view of him is "very negative," according to a September poll conducted jointly by NBC News, the Wall Street Journal and Telemundo. And, the poll revealed, only 24 percent of Latinos surveyed had a positive impression of the Republican Party. Ouch.
And yet, although Trump seems to offend someone wherever he goes, whenever he speaks, he's still leading the Republican polls. According to the Pew Research Center, Trump has about 25 percent support among all GOP voters. In previous months, Trump has dominated the field of Republican candidates, but his lead has slipped considerably entering into October.
Jeb Bush, whose wife Columba is Mexican, is viewed more positively by Latino voters than Trump, according to the NBC/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll, but Bush has also had his own stumbles and challenges — even regarding immigration issues, as he recently made derogatory comments about "anchor babies" and said he was referring to Asian immigrants rather than Latin American immigrants. According to the most recent Pew poll, Bush only has about 4 percent support from GOP voters.
The Pew Research Center's poll revealed the top two campaign issues that all registered voters are concerned about are the economy and healthcare. But when it comes to GOP voters, 66 percent say immigration issues also rank very highly on their agenda for the 2016 election.
In the 2012 election, 71 percent of Latinos voted to re-elect President Obama, while only 27 percent voted for Mitt Romney. In that election, Latinos made up about 10 percent of all voters.
Poll results from NBC revealed that 51 percent of Latinos surveyed would like to see a Democrat continue in the White House with the upcoming 2016 election; only 24 percent of Latinos surveyed said they'd like to see a Republican president elected when Obama leaves office.