Hillary Clinton holds substantial leads over Donald Trump among Hispanic voters in five battleground states, including Florida, a poll Thursday shows.
The survey by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative shows Clinton with close to two-to-one leads or greater over Trump in North Carolina, Ohio, Colorado and Nevada, with the Republican closest to his rival in Florida.
Helped by a sizable Republican voting bloc among Florida Hispanics, Clinton leads Trump by a margin of 53 percent to 34 percent, the Republican’s best showing in the survey.
Hispanics comprise close to one-in-five voters in Florida.
While U.S. President Barack Obama won Florida in 2008 and 2012 with 57 percent and 60 percent of the Hispanic vote, U.S. President George W. Bush took the state in 2004, helped in part by support from 56 percent of Hispanic votes.
As a result, Clinton’s current level of support among Hispanics in Florida, the nation’s biggest toss-up state, still trails those of the winning candidate in the past three presidential elections.
While Hispanics told FAU pollsters that they favored Clinton across a wide range of areas, including immigration, national security and health care, a majority in these states, except Colorado, favor repealing the Affordable Care Act, a signature mark of the Obama administration.
“Clinton is doing well among young Hispanic voters, now she has to motivate them to go out and vote,” said Monica Escaleras, director of FAU’s BEPI. “The Affordable Care Act, however, is hurting Clinton in four of the states and might be used as a wedge issue by Trump to improve his position in those states.”
The online and robo-dial poll surveyed 400 Hispanic registered voters in each state from Sept. 15-19 and has an margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 4.9 percent.