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Most Latinos View Donald Trump 'Very' Negatively & 'Don't Know' Marco Rubio: Poll

First Posted: Dec 09, 2015 05:00 AM EST
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Latinos have an overwhelmingly negative view of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, and many also "don't know" the name "Marco Rubio."

Polling 437 Latinos, an MSNBC, Telemundo and Marist poll revealed 55 percent of Latinos have a "very" negative view of Trump, while 12 percent hold a "somewhat" negative opinion of the businessman. It's not purely negative towards Trump as 17 percent have an either "very" or "somewhat positive view of him.

A majority of Latinos said Trump is "hurting" the GOP, and he is "insulting and offense," each received 65 percent.

For Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, most Latinos apparently have not heard of him. When asked about their feelings towards Rubio, 30 percent said they "don't know the name." Twenty percent had a neutral opinion of the freshman Florida senator. In comparison to strictly positive and negative views of him, Rubio fared better in positive territory. With 27 percent, Latinos had either a "very" or "somewhat" positive view of Rubio. Nineteen percent of Latinos had an either "very' or "somewhat" negative view of him.

For the other Latino in the Republican presidential race, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the son of a Cuban father, was another unfamiliar name with most Latinos. Thirty-four percent of Latino survey respondents said they "don't know the name" Cruz. While 16 percent held a neutral view of Cruz, another 16 percent had a "very" negative opinion of the freshman Texas senator and 11 percent had a "somewhat" negative response. Cruz received a "somewhat" positive response from 15 percent of Latinos, while 6 percent were "very" positive about him.

Among Latino registered voters, if the presidential election was held today, most would vote for the Democratic candidates. With 56 percent, Latinos would vote for the Democratic candidate. But it isn't necessarily bad news for Republicans. A sizeable 36 percent of Latinos said they would vote for the Republican presidential candidate.

In a hypothetical match between current Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and Rubio, the former secretary of state wins with 57 percent to 38 percent among Latinos. Against Trump, Clinton's margin of victory increases to 69 percent to 27 percent. Clinton also won against Cruz -- 61 percent to 34 percent.

But the road to the White House is not clear for Clinton. There are Latinos who significantly have a very negative opinion of the former New York senator. Twenty percent of Latinos said they have a "very' negative view of her, higher than the 10 percent that hold a "somewhat" negative view. While 14 percent were neutral towards her, 27 percent have a "very" positive view and 24 percent were "somewhat" positive.

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