For Immediate Release
Nov. 6, 10:30 pm Eastern
Contact: Karina Martinez | Karinam@mifamiliavota.org | 858-752-1262
CA LATINO VOTE: Angered by Trump’s Racism, Latinos/Communities of Color Join Forces in California Midterm Elections
Los Angeles, CA – Latino voters and members of communities of color in California solidly rejected President Trump’s racist agenda, according to initial findings from the American Election Eve Poll that was sponsored by numerous groups including Mi Familia Vota (MFV).
The American Election Eve Poll examined the voting behavior of Latinos and other communities of color in states with competitive elections, including the states where MFV has ground operations, AZ, CA, FL, NV and TX, and included national surveys of House battleground districts and of Native American voters. In the battleground districts, Latinos voted for Democrats over Republicans by a margin of 73% to 23%.
Latinos’ disapproval of Trump’s job performance was 67%, only second to the repudiation of the president expressed by 79% of black voters, according to the poll.
By strong margins, members of communities of color said the president had made them feel angry: 73% of Latinos, 79% of blacks, and 66% of Asian American/Pacific Islanders. Even white voters agreed, by a solid 57% majority, that Trump had said or done something that made them angry, one of many signs in the poll that the president’s ongoing rants against immigrants and communities of color have not produced the political points he sought among white voters.
“Trump’s rhetoric has greatly impacted the Latino electorate; we have a high immigrant population and voters are flatly rejecting the false narrative that the President has crafted against immigrants,” said Samuel Molina, MFV’s California state director. “California voters stand alongside immigrants- they are friends, family members, classmates and a valued part of our state. Our votes reflect that the anti-immigrant strategy doesn’t align with our vision for California or our country.”
In California, 82% of Latino voters said Trump’s racist statements and policies will cause a major setback to the progress they have made in recent years.
California Latino voters also said improving the economy and immigration reform were the top issues that politicians should address.
Results from the American Election Eve Poll will be updated throughout the evening and Wednesday at ElectionEve2018.com.
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.