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Do Hispanics favor a more open border?

Most Hispanic Voters Don’t Support Open Borders

Rasmussen Poling

Thursday, October 06, 2022


The assumption that Hispanic voters embrace a policy of unrestricted immigration is false, as is the belief that Latinos uncritically support the Democratic Party.


A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports and NumbersUSA finds that, the question of illegal immigration, 52% of Hispanic Likely U.S. voters believe the government is doing too little to reduce illegal border crossings and visitor overstays. Only 15% of Hispanic voters think the government is doing too much to stop illegal immigration, while 25% say the current level of action on illegal immigration is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)


This finding for Hispanic voters is little different from all Likely U.S. Voters, 54% of whom feel the government is already doing too little to reduce illegal border crossings and visitor overstays.


By a 22-point margin, more Hispanic voters identify as Democrats (47%) than Republicans (25%), while 20% identify as independent, five percent (5%) identify with some other party, and another four percent (4%) are not sure. However, among Hispanics unaffiliated with either major party, 35% say they lean more toward Republicans, while 31% lean toward Democrats.


The survey of 2,754 Hispanic Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on April 19-May 12, 2022 by Rasmussen Reports and NumbersUSA. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


The survey found that 49% of Hispanic voters approve of the job Joe Biden has been doing as president, including 21% who Strongly Approve. Forty-eight percent (48%) disapprove of Biden’s performance, including 34% who Strongly Disapprove. These findings for Hispanic voters can be compared to the Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, where the latest survey of U.S. Likely Voters finds Biden’s job approval at 45%, with disapproval at 54%.


Thirty-four percent (34%) of Hispanic voters say that over the last few years, they have moved closer to the Republican Party, 30% have moved closer to the Democrat Party, and 34% say their preference has stayed about the same.


Results of the survey are featured in a new book, Political Migrants: Hispanic Voters on the Move, by Jim Robb, Vice President of Operations for NumbersUSA. Among other findings of the Rasmussen/Numbers USA survey:


– Sixty-three percent (63%) speak mostly English at home, while nine percent (9%) speak mostly Spanish at home. Twenty-seven percent (27%) speak about the same amount of English and Spanish at home.


– Eighty percent (80%) feel the United States is open and welcoming to Hispanics like themselves, including 43% who say the U.S. is Very Open and Welcoming. Only 16% don’t feel the U.S. is opening and welcoming for Hispanics.


– Hispanic voters are somewhat more favorable to big government than voters in general. Forty-seven percent (47%) of Hispanic voters favor a bigger government providing more services, while 41% would rather have a smaller government providing fewer services. In November 2020, 52% of U.S. Likely Voters preferred smaller government and 37% wanted bigger government instead.


– In the 2020 election, 52% of Hispanic Likely Voters say they voted for Biden, 37% voted for former President Donald Trump. Siix percent (6%) voted for some other candidate and five percent (5%) didn’t vote in 2020.


– In this year’s congressional election, 45% of Hispanics say they would vote for the Democratic candidate, while 41% would vote for the Republican candidate.


– Hispanic voters are almost evenly divided on the question of which political party they trust more on the issue of immigration, with 40% saying they trust Democrats more and 39% saying they trust Republicans more. Twelve percent (12%) trust both parties about the same.


— On the question of which issues are most important to them personally, 36% of Hispanic voters name the economy, while inflation and health care are both top issues for 13%. Just 10% of Hispanic voters consider immigration the most important political issue, while education and climate change are each the top issue for seven percent (7%). Five percent (5%) or less consider crime, race relations and political unity to be the top issue.


– Thirty-six percent (36%) of Hispanic voters believe abortions should be legal under any circumstances, while 46% think it should be legal only under certain circumstances and 13% say abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.


Looking ahead to 2024, Hispanic voters are almost evenly divided over who should be the next president. Forty-two percent (42%) say they’d vote to reelect Biden, if the 2024 election were held today, while 41% would vote for Trump. Eleven percent (11%) would vote for some other candidate.


Most voters believe violent crime is getting worse and expect the issue to be important in next month’s midterm elections.


The deadly synthetic opioid drug fentanyl is a serious problem that has gotten worse, voters overwhelmingly agree.


Additional information from this survey and a full demographic breakdown are available to the public as well as to Platinum Members.


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The survey of 2,754 Hispanic Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on April 19-May 12, 2022 by Rasmussen Reports and NumbersUSA. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.





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