Democrats have lost significant ground to Republicans among Latino voters compared to previous election cycles, according to a new poll released less than six weeks before the midterm elections.
A survey of 1,000 Latino registered voters, conducted by NBC News and Telemundo, found that a majority – 54% – prefer Democrats to retain control of Congress as a result of the November midterm elections. That’s a drop of five percentage points since October 2020 and a drop of a whopping 13 points since November 2018, according to the poll.
“While Latinos continue to lean toward the Democratic Party and prefer Democratic control of Congress, Republicans have a higher share of the vote than we have previously measured,” Aileen Cardona-Arroyo, who co-conducted the survey, told NBC News.
Meanwhile, only 33% of Latino voters said they prefer Republicans to take control of Congress in November, according to the poll.
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The survey also found that while 51% of Latino voters approve of President Biden’s overall job performance, only 42% approve of his handling of the border and only 41% approve of his job on the economy.
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Latino voters also favor Republicans over Democrats on their handling of the economy, border security and crime, the poll found. In contrast, Latino voters favor the Democrats in their handling of abortion, addressing the concerns of the Hispanic community and “protecting democracy.”