Posted on April 25, 2020

45% of Latino Voters Approve of Trump’s Pandemic Performance

Daniel Greenfield, Frontpage Magazine, April 24, 2020

The PPP or pandemic performance polling has been interesting. The polls have been all over the place. And that’s partly because polls are about as reliable as some of the pandemic models that have failed. But it may also be that different groups consume the news differently. If you’re stuck watching CNN all day, then it may be that even some Trump-leaning voters are getting influence. And if you’re not, but are watching the briefings, your opinion may be shaped in different ways. Take this pandemic performance poll.

About 45 percent of Latinos approve of the way President Donald Trump is handling the coronavirus pandemic, a new poll showed.

The poll also found that 47 percent say Trump is providing clear and helpful information. At the same time, it also found that 85 percent of Latinos said they trust their local officials to help them understand how to protect themselves during the crisis.

Yet when asked to agree with one of two statements assigning blame, 69 percent agreed that Trump ignored the early warning signs of coronavirus, hurting thousands of Americans due to his delays and incomplete response, while 31 percent said there was nothing he could have done to prevent the outbreak and he should not be blamed.

The poll, conducted April 12 by polling firm Latino Decisions and commissioned by Somos Community Healthcare founder Henry Muñoz, the former finance chairman for the Democratic Party, surveyed 1,200 Latino voters.

So for starters, there’s a pollster agenda that’s not remotely subtle here. The different responses are likely shaped by leading questions and yet, at the top, Latino voters don’t seem to have been dragged into the CNN frenzy.

“Donald Trump is doing very well among Latinos voters and that has Democrats very worried,” Trump campaign spokesperson Ali Pardo told Newsweek.

The mixed numbers do have Democrats worried. The poll illustrates a fear Democrats share publicly and privately that try as they might they can’t get Latino voters to shun the president and his message, perhaps because he is able to broadcast his message through ample cable news coverage, pollsters said.

They should be.

Biden does not do well with Latinos. The Dems have bet everything on black turnout in 2020. There may be an opportunity here.