With South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s recent endorsement of Marco Rubio, and the Nevada caucus around the corner, I am excited to share with you the results of a groundbreaking study “The Latino Vote“, that Burson Latino, our firm’s Hispanic practice, recently conducted across the Latino registered voter population. We noticed a distinct lack of information on how Latinos view the upcoming U.S. presidential election and the issues that the next president will have to address. We examined how Latinos viewed the candidates and issues as we head into the Nevada caucuses, a state with a substantial Latino population.
The results of this nationwide poll were certainly intriguing – and we were surprised ourselves to find:
- Latino registered voters nationwide are strongly in favor of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
- Rubio takes an 11-point lead over a Donald Trump and Ted Cruz tie; Hillary Clinton leads by 35 points over Bernie Sanders.
- Independent voters could hold a huge surprise in the coming months.
- Of those who said they were independents nearly 49 percent of them said they would support one of the two Democratic candidates. Nearly 28 percent of these independent voters said they would vote for one of the Republican candidates.
- This leaves a sizable swing segment among Latino voters that could cause surprises. Their support could influence the candidates’ primary results in the coming months, but could also prove to affect the general election in November.
- No single issue can define the race among Latinos.
- Education and the economy are the dominant issues of importance. Regardless of party affiliation, education and the economy were the two most important issues to Latino voters.
- Additionally, Latinos favor health insurance coverage for all. A broad majority of Latino Democrats (87 percent) and independents (73 percent) said that health insurance coverage for all was an important issue. A narrow majority of Latino Republicans (52 percent) agreed with this view.
- However, social issues lack traction among Latinos. Abortion (50 percent Democrat and Republican), gay marriage (42 percent Democrat, 28 percent Republican) and legalization of marijuana (33 percent Democrat, 23 percent Republican) were all rated of relatively low importance to Latino voters in the study.
- Immigration and border control take a backseat to economic issues. New job creation, job security and the ability to receive a raise all ranked much higher in importance than immigration policy and the potential of a wall being built on the U.S.-Mexico border.
This survey, The Latino Vote: Surprising Sentiments on Issues and Candidates, represents the kind of innovative, forward thinking for which Burson Latino stands. It was conducted in collaboration with Research Now, New American Dimensions and the Center for Multicultural Science.
The Latino Vote: Surprising Sentiments on Candidates and Issues a Burson Latino Survey.
I invite you to take a look at the hispanic survey results here, and look forward to sharing more on our Burson Latino efforts as Latinos continue to shape and influence the fabric of the United States.
Posted by Jorge Ortega