FL’s Hispanic Voters Disapprove of Trump’s Performance: Poll

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What to Know

  • 46 percent of respondents were against an eventual impeachment in Congress following the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.

The majority of Florida’s Hispanic voters disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance but are against his impeachment, according to a new survey conducted by Mason-Dixon for Telemundo Station Group.

Fifty-four percent of the voters surveyed expressed disapproval of Trump’s performance, with 37 percent saying they approved it. The biggest difference, however, is among voters of Cuban origin, who approve the president’s management at 59 percent.

But despite being dissatisfied with his management, 46 percent of respondents were against an eventual impeachment in Congress following the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, while 41 percent said they were in favor of impeachment and 13 percent were undecided.

The telephone survey was conducted from June 6 to 11, among 400 registered Hispanic voters in Florida. The study has a margin of error of +/- 5 percentage points.

In assessing the president’s performance, 48 percent of respondents felt that the country is on the wrong track, while 41 percent said it is on the right track.

In terms of the economy, opinions are more divided with 35 percent saying they have more confidence, 34 percent saying they have less confidence and 27 percent having the same confidence. But when considering the economic situation within 12 months, 25 percent said they were more confident, 33 percent less confident.

Seventy percent said they were satisfied with their current health insurance options, although 47 percent said they were in favor of the federal government offering universal health coverage through Medicare, abolishing private health insurance programs.

IMMIGRATION

Among the most important problems facing the country, 24 percent said immigration, followed by the economy at 21 percent, health care at 17 percent, the impeachment process of President Trump at 10 percent, national security at 7 percent, arms control at 6 percent, climate change at 5 percent, taxes and government spending at 4 percent and abortion at 4 percent.

Regarding immigration, 53 percent of respondents disapprove of the way the Trump administration has handled immigration policy, to 39 percent who approve. But 59 percent of Cuban voters approve of the White House’s immigration policy, while 35 percent are against it.

Fifty-seven percent of Hispanics surveyed disapprove of efforts to build a wall on the border with Mexico, while 39 percent approve, and 85 percent are in favor of extending protection programs to so-called dreamers.

On the other hand, 56 percent expressed support for the establishment of “sanctuary cities” to protect undocumented immigrants, including 44 percent of voters of Cuban origin. The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, recently signed a law that prohibits the creation of these sanctuary cities in the state.

In addition, 58 percent of respondents believe that undocumented immigrants contribute to the country’s economy, while 24 percent believe that undocumented immigrants harm the economy.

President Trump has strong support for his proposal to limit the number of visas by family ties and implement a system based on merit. Sixty-one percent said they were in favor of the proposal, with 31 percent opposed.

The respondents also expressed support for the granting of a temporary protection status (TPS) for Venezuelan immigrants at 69 percent, and for Puerto Rico to become the 51st state in the nation, with 74 percent.

A total of 58 percent, meanwhile, was in favor of including in the census a question on the legal status of people in the United States, while 32 percent were against.

Regarding the controversy over tariffs on Mexican products, 71 percent of respondents said that the Mexican government should cooperate more with the United States to stop the flow of migrants in order to avoid imposing tariffs.

SOCIAL TOPICS

In terms of social issues, 36 percent favor the legalization of abortion while 41 percent are in favor of legal abortion with restrictions and 18 percent believe that abortion should be prohibited.

Sixty-nine percent oppose allowing teachers to carry weapons in public schools, while 56 percent believe that climate change is a very serious problem and 47 percent would agree to allocate public funds to programs to combat their effects.

When it comes to marijuana for recreational use, 48 percent said they were in favor of legalization in the state to 49 percent that were against.

THE 2020 CAMPAIGN

Regarding the 2020 presidential election, respondents expressed their preferences for the Democratic candidates and former Vice President Joe Biden was in front with 26 percent, followed by Bernie Sanders with 12 percent, Elizabeth Warren with 10 percent, Kamala Harris at 4 percent, Beto O’Rourke at 4 percent, Pete Buttigieg at 3 percent, Juli├ín Castro at 2 percent, Corey Booker at 1 percent and Tulsi Gabbard at 1 percent. Another 37 percent said they were undecided.

When asked how they would vote if the presidential election were held today, 34 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump while 56 percent said they would vote for a Democrat. Another 10 percent indicated that they were not sure what their vote would be.

The segment of independent voters is the only one that registers a tie between those who favor re-election (39 percent) and those who prefer a Democrat (39 percent), with 22 percent still undecided.

Trump, on the other hand, enjoys strong support among Cuban voters, with 57 percent saying he would vote for his re-election by 32 percent who said he was willing to replace him. But 72 percent of non-Cuban Hispanic voters are against his re-election while only 18 percent are in favor.

In the 2016 election, President Trump won the state of Florida with 49.0 percent of the votes, to 47.8 percent for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.


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