Liberal pollsters are saying they are astonished by the fact that a large number of Latinos are supporting President Donald Trump rather than Democrats, the Western Journal reported.
“My instant analysis is it’s because of the economy,” Fernand Amandi, principal at the Democrat polling firm Bendixen & Amandi International, told CNN.
“These are people who are not necessarily paying attention to every inning of political baseball,” he said. “They are working. They are maybe getting a little bit more money.”
More money is going to translate into more support. The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal national poll found Trump’s approval rating at 39 percent among Latinos. A far ahead number in comparison to the 28 percent of the Latino vote he received in the 2016 election.
Amandi said Latinos should be supporting Democrats due to Trump’s position on issues such as illegal immigration.
“I still think it’s a little too soon to push the panic button, but having said that, we are not seeing the types of numbers with Hispanic voters that we should be seeing with the most hostile person to ever hold public office against Hispanics as the president,” he said. “And that in and of itself is a concern.
Since February of 2017, the Latino unemployment rate has averaged about 5 percent. During the Obama administration, Latino unemployment averaged 9.4 percent.
The Western Journal reported:
“Steve Cortes, a commentator with CNN, wrote in a Real Clear Politics Op-Ed that the issue really is the economy.
“‘I believe Hispanics are generally very practical people,’ Cortes wrote, ‘and seek from government not a laundry list of deliverables but rather the conditions in our country for the increased prosperity and security of our communities. Policies that stimulate small business are especially helpful since Hispanics are, statistically, by far the most entrepreneurial demographic in America.
“‘So, as President Trump pursues policies that drive growth and public safety — such as tax cuts and cracking down on the MS-13 gang — no wonder his popularity rises apace among Latinos.'”