You’ll Never Guess What Percentage of Latinos Support Donald Trump

By Kenrya Rankin May 17, 2016

A new survey from NBC News and SurveyMonkey reveals some surprising data about the current election cycle.

Despite comments from the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in which he called Mexicans who come to the United States rapists and his 2013 tweet about how “Blacks and Hispanics” are the source of the nation’s violent crime, the survey found that 28 percent of 1,264 Latinos polled would support Trump in a race against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The survey showed that 53 percent of Whites (10,404 respondents) would vote for Trump if he ran against Clinton in the general election, versus just 9 percent of Blacks (1,248) polled. Overall, Clinton would win the hypothetical contest with 48 percent of the vote to Trump’s 45 percent.

These results appear to reflect an uptick in Trump support from Latinos. A March poll from Univision and The Washington Post found that just 16 percent were in favor of a Trump presidency when he was stacked against Clinton. It’s important to note that at that time, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz—Latino Republican candidates—were both still in the race. In the same March poll, 74 percent of Latinos categorized Trump’s comments about immigration as “offensive.”

The poll was conducted May 9 through 15, with a national sample size of 14,100 adults. Assess the full data here.