April 22, 2024

The Democratic hold on Latino voters is WANING

Members of the fast-growing demographic tack right on immigration, abortion, inflation, and crime in what could be a midterm ballot game-changer, polls show

The Democratic hold on Latino voters is WANING, as members tack right

Even a small loss of support among Latinos – a key part of the coalition that brought President Joe Biden to power – could mean the loss of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate.

  • Latinos are the perplexing ‘swing voters of the 2022 election’, says pollster 
  • 23 percent of Latinos have yet to decide which candidates they will back on November 8 
  • They still favor Democrats overall, but have tacked right in recent years 
  • 37 percent of Latino and Hispanic voters say inflation is a top concern 
  • Only 12 percent ranked abortion, a vote-winner for Democrats, as a priority 
  • Donald Trump benefited from an 8 percent swing from Latinos in the 2020 election 
  • Their voice looms large in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey, and New Mexico

Nearly a quarter of Latino voters have not yet decided who they will vote for in the upcoming midterm elections — creating a significant unknown for a group that has drifted towards the Republicans in recent years.

An Axios-Ipsos poll on the fast-growing demographic on Thursday found that while a third of Latino voters said they’ll vote for Democrats, and 18 percent said they’ll back Republicans on November 8, another 23 percent said they had yet to decide.

Even a small loss of support among Hispanics — a key part of the Democratic coalition of voters that brought President Joe Biden to power — could mean the loss of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate for Democrats.

The polling group’s Cliff Young said they were the ‘swing voters of the 2022 election’.

More than a third (37 percent) of respondents in the survey of 1,005 Latino and Hispanic voters said inflation, which is at a nearly four-decade high, as one of their top concerns — an issue that is set to hurt Democrats in the midterms.

Americans of all backgrounds rank inflation is a priority. 

But studies show people of color, especially black and Latino households, spend proportionally more of their income on staples prone to price hikes such as food and gas and that inflation hits them hardest.

Only 12 percent of Latinos cited abortion as a priority. Access to the procedure, which lost its federal protections four months ago under a decision of the conservative-loaded Supreme Court, is a major campaign issue for Democrats.

More at: DailyMail.uk.co

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