Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a 66-to-18 percent lead over Republican Donald Trump in a national poll of Hispanics by Florida Atlantic University’s Business and Economics Polling Initiative.
Clinton’s 48-point lead with Latinos compares to a 23-point lead she held among Hispanics when FAU conducted a similar poll in May. Clinton had a 50-to-27 percent advantage then.
President Barack Obama won the Latino vote by a 71-to-27 percent margin over Mitt Romney in 2012.
“Clinton has taken some major strides to increase her support among Hispanics,” said Monica Escaleras, the director of BEPI. “Her efforts to win over many who said they were undecided a couple of months ago are paying off, while Trump has actually seen his support drop by more than 5 percent.”
The national poll of 500 Hispanics — FAU didn’t specify whether they are registered or likely voters — was conducted July 1-31 and has a 4.3 percent margin of error.
Hispanic voters are a key component in Florida and some other battleground states. FAU Associate Political Science Prof. Kevin Wagner said Florida-specific polling is coming this month.
Clinton is viewed favorably by 53.8 percent of Hispanics in the new poll and unfavorably by 25.5 percent. Trump is viewed favorably by 17.8 percent and unfavorably by 67.6 percent. He’s even underwater among Hispanic Republicans, with 42 percent viewing him favorably and 47 percent unfavorably.