A recent poll of Latinos that vote Democratic showed that of the field of candidates still in the race for the Democratic nomination former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders are leading.
The Univision poll revealed that Biden had 22 percent of the Latino support, and Sanders had 20 percent. Julian Castro, former Secretary for Housing and Urban Development and the only Latino in the race, received 12 percent of support. Next in line were Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris with 11 and 8 percent respectively. Representative from Texas Beto O’Rourke got 6 percent, and the other candidates all received only 2 percent or less.
Latinos said they plan to support the Democratic nominee for president in 2020, by about 73 percent. Only 16 percent said they would vote for Donald Trump, and 11 percent stated they are not yet decided. The survey showed that any of the Democratic candidates would prefer over Trump by about 71 percent, with Biden and Sanders only doing slightly better.
Univision Noticias, who conducted the poll, asked 1,043 registered Latino voters throughout the country between August 31 and September 6.
The survey also inquired about how Latinos perceived President Trump’s responsibility for the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas that took place in August in which 22 people were killed. Respondents, (69 percent) said that Trump’s language in speeches and his “tweets” bore a “great deal” or “good amount” of blame for the shooting. They also felt to the same extent that the shooter was influence by the president’s words.
In addition, the survey showed that 74 percent of Latinos fear the white supremacist groups are a danger to the United States, and 92 percent would like to see improved laws to expand background checks before guns are sold or transferred to new owners.
The survey is especially relevant since Latinos are trending to become the largest single non-white ethnic group to vote in 2020.