Latinos across the country overwhelmingly expressed their disapproval of the current administration’s handling of the pandemic.
More than half of Latinos surveyed nationwide say that Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is the most important issue facing them at this time. Lowering the cost of healthcare came second, while border security barely registered with only 5% of the nearly 2,000 polled across the nation calling it an important issue for them.
The importance of “stopping Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats” rated even lower, with only 3% of respondents showing support for it. The survey was commissioned by the nonprofit organization UnidosUS, SOMOS and the progressive advocacy group MoveOn, and was conducted in English and Spanish from May 10 to May 16 by the research firm Latino Decisions.
A Latino Referendum
Asked if President Trump is providing the country with accurate or helpful information on COVID-19, Latinos across the country expressed their dissatisfaction with the current administration’s handling of the pandemic that as of May 27 has surpassed the 100,000 deaths across the country.
On a scale of zero to 10, Latinos gave the Republican incumbent an average score of 3.27, well below average, for his performance. Additionally, 39% of those surveyed showed their disapproval by awarding the president a zero, the lowest score possible.
Nationally, 56% of Latinos disapproved of the president’s overall response to the coronavirus crisis. In Florida in particular, more than half of those surveyed, or 52%, disapproved of Trump’s handling of the pandemic, while approximately 48% approved of the president’s actions.
In another blow to the current administration, Latinos surveyed also overwhelmingly supported the HEROES Act, the new stimulus bill to be put before the Senate that Republicans continue to strongly oppose. The majority of those polled across the country, or 85%, are in favor of several of the bill’s provisions, including giving aid to undocumented immigrants who pay taxes.
“I think the Latino community, particularly in South Florida, had given Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt at the beginning of this crisis and you can tell by the findings of this poll that the farther we get into this, the less trust that there exists for his leadership and judgment, in this case,” Henry Muñoz III, co-founder of SOMOS Community Care and a former finance chairman with the Democratic National Committee, told the Miami Herald.
On Wednesday President Trump’s campaign dismissed the legitimacy and validity of the poll, claiming it lumps all Latinos together, ignoring national differences.