A record number of Latinos say they are planning to vote in California’s June 5 primary, according to a new survey.
Great news for Antonio Villaraigosa.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the survey of 900 registered Latino voters found that 68 percent said they were “100 percent” certain that they would vote. That turnout would be off the charts for the state’s 4.5 million Latino voters, especially considering that only 25 percent of all registered California voters cast ballots in California’s last midterm election in 2014.
“That’s extremely high,” said Matt Barreto, the poll’s director and co-founder of Latino Decisions, which conducted the poll on behalf of the Latino Community Foundation.
The increased interested is being driven by Trump, as 45 percent of the respondents said their interest in politics has increased since the president took office. Many of those respondents were not happy with Republicans. The survey found that 46 percent of the respondents said Republicans “don’t care too much” for Latinos and 31 percent found them to be “hostile.” Only 17 percent thought Republicans “were doing a good job.”
(Note to California Republicans: Hating Mexicans isn’t working any more. Time to move on.)
The survey found that 53 percent thought Democrats “were doing a good job,” 32 percent said they “don’t care too much,” and 8 percent thought they were “hostile” toward Latinos.
In California’s gubernatorial race, the survey found that former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is crushing his opponents in the Latino community, with 39 percent saying they’d vote for him in the primary. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom trails badly with 15 percent of the vote. No other candidate polled more than 5 percent.