Polling News

GOP Latino Gains

December 31, 2020

There are many takeaways from the 2020 Election, but among the more interesting is that President Donald Trump and the Republican Party made gains with Hispanic voters. After years of the mainstream media and the far-left scare-mongering that Republicans would lose this demographic forever, the election proved the opposite was true and showed a path forward for growing the GOP.

Trump received 32% of the Latino vote in 2020, compared to only 28% in 2016.  In 2012, Mitt Romney received only 27% though John McCain received 31% in 2008 and George W. Bush received 44% in 2004 and 35% in 2000.  One of FiveThirtyEight.com’s “best charts of 2020” showed where Mr. Trump’s gains were in key counties. Among the biggest improvements for him were Florida’s Miami-Dade County, which is 68% Hispanic, where he gained 22 percentage points between 2016 and 2020, and in Texas’s Starr County, 99% Hispanic, where Trump increased his vote share by 55 percentage points in 2020.

How did Trump and Republicans improve on the 2016 numbers with Latino voters? There are several reasons: The Trump campaign’s outreach, particularly with Cuban voters in areas like Miami-Dade, the Biden campaign’s lackluster mobilization of Latino voters and too many Democrats pushing what sounded like socialism to many Latino families who’d fled oppressive socialist countries like Venezuela.  This may have been the most significant factor since many of them actually experienced socialism for the evil it is, not the trendy notion it’s become with many progressives and some Democrats in Congress.

What does this mean for the future?  The GOP has much work to do with this important demographic, but 2020 showed there are ways to getting more Hispanic support.  We’ll see in Tuesday’s Georgia run-offs if Republicans are getting it right.  Watch Gwinnett County outside Atlanta with one of the nation’s fastest-growing Latino populations.

 

Related PollingNews

Placeholder polling news
April 22, 2021 |
Polling News
A poll by The Economist and You Gov conducted Apr. 10-13, 2021 showed 52% of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing today. ...
Placeholder polling news
April 15, 2021 |
Polling News
An average of 49% of Americans identified as Democrats, according to Gallup’s first quarter average polling. ...
Placeholder polling news
April 08, 2021 |
Polling News
A recent AP News poll finds that of any voting reforms, requiring voters to provide photo identification has the highest overall support and more importantly, the most bipartisan support with majorities of both Democrats and Republicans supporting it. ...
Placeholder polling news
April 01, 2021 |
Polling News
A CBS News Poll conducted March 10-13 showed that only half (52%) of Americans approve of President Joe Biden’s handling of immigration which was a hot button issue in the 2020 campaign. ...
Button karlsbooks
Button readinglist
Button nextapperance