For Immediate Release
Nov. 6, 11:00 pm Eastern
Contact: Karina Martinez | Karinam@mifamiliavota.org | 858-752-1262
LATINO VOTE: Angered by Trump’s Racism, Latinos Join Voters In Removing Anti-Immigrant GOP’s Control of House
PHOENIX, AZ – President Trump’s unchecked assault against immigrants, Latinos and other communities of color ended in this midterm election, when voters took control of the House of Representatives away from Trump’s anti-immigrant xenophobes.
Latinos voted for Democrats over Republicans by a margin of 73% to 23% according to initial findings from the American Election Eve Poll that was sponsored by numerous groups including Mi Familia Vota (MFV). The 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.
“Trump’s hateful, racist attacks against immigrants and Latinos failed. But we responded the best way we could, by engaging in our American democracy and turning our anger into votes,” said Ben Monterroso, MFV’s co-founder and executive director. “Our community was not alone. Other voters, regardless of ethnic background, agreed that we had a right to be angry. It’s up to the new Congress to show some backbone and to work with us while pushing against Trump’s racist agenda.”
In the battleground districts across the nation, 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.
Among all ethnic groups, 68% of surveyed voters, including 85% of Latino voters, said Congress should pass the DREAM Act, to allow young undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children the chance to live and work legally in the United States and eventually earn a path to citizenship.
Also, 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.
Latino and black voters also agreed by equal margins that Trump is a racist whose policies are intended to hurt them and who has negatively impacted their lives. The anger apparently was so deep that 77% of Latino voters in battleground districts encouraged friends or family to register and/or vote.
More highlights from the American Election Eve Poll (for updated results throughout the evening and Wednesday, please visit 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.