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New Poll: Where 2020 Dems Stand with Latinxs

New Poll: Where 2020 Dems Stand with Latinxs

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund and Latino Decisions on Wednesday released the results of a new national poll which shows the Latinx vote in the 2020 Democratic contest is wide open --  only 29% of Latinx voters have made up their minds about who they want to support in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. So far, just four candidates -- former VP Joe Biden (59%), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (58%), former TX Congressman Beto O’Rourke (48%), and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro (45%) -- have at least a 45% favorability rating among Latinx voters. More than eight in ten (84%) of Latinx voters reported being likely or certain to vote in November 2020, with Latinas (85%), Democrats (87%), and those over the age of 50 (90%) among those most likely to state that they will likely cast a ballot. On the issues, 43% say improving wages and incomes, as well as job creation, are their top issue in 2020. That is followed by lowering the costs of health care (37%) and protecting immigrant rights (19%). Despite claims by Donald Trump and his allies that there is “hidden” support -- nearing 50% -- for the president in the Latinx community, the poll showed that nearly three in four (72%) hold an unfavorable view of the president and a majority (56%) believe he coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election. “Candidates vying for the opportunity to challenge the President will need to invest in a robust Latino voter engagement effort if they want to secure the support of Latinos in the upcoming primaries and caucuses,” said NALEO Educational Fund CEO Arturo Vargas. The NALEO Educational Fund is hosting a presidential candidate forum in partnership with Presenting Sponsor Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo on June 21st in Miami. “By showing up to address the issues of most concern to Latinos during our presidential candidate forum at Telemundo Center this June, candidates can send a clear message that they value the support of the Latino community and its political leadership,” Vargas said. More here.

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